Agriculture & Seafood Programs
Agriculture and seafood producers and processors can access programs and funding to support their businesses.
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Business, Innovation & Market Development
Programs are available to support farmers and food processors to start, grow and innovate their business and more effectively market their products.
The Buy BC Partnership Program provides up to $2M in funding per year over the next three years to increase the competitiveness of B.C.’s agrifood and seafood industry in the domestic market. The Program includes both cost-shared funding as well as Buy BC logo licensing.
Provides land matching and business support services to new farmers looking for land to farm as well as landowners interested in finding someone to farm their land.
Provides short-term relief funds to British Columbia oyster growers for the purchase of oyster seed to support production continuity.
Provides funding to enhance bee health throughout the province.
Next intake expected: April 2019
Provides support for the development of agriculture and agrifoods opportunities within Indigenous Communities.
Next intake expected: April 2019
Specialized Business Planning to enable B.C. producers and processors to make more informed decisions and strengthen their business.
Disaster Recovery Planning to help producers implement an immediate and long-term disaster recovery plan.
Next intake expected: March 2019
The Hazelnut Renewal Program provides funding to remove infected trees to mitigate the spread of Eastern Filbert Blight and to incentivize the planting of new disease-resistant hazelnut trees in British Columbia.
Next intake expected: August 2019
Provides financial help for growers to replace fruit trees with varieties that will meet consumer demands for high-value, high-quality B.C. fruit.
Provides cost-shared funding to support promising new products, practices, processes and technologies that have the potential to generate a benefit to the agriculture sector.
Provides funding to support businesses to develop marketing skills, purchase market research, create marketing plans and expand export sales.
Provides funding to support knowledge transfer events for B.C. producers and food processors.
Insurance & Income Protection
Agricultural producers can protect their business against severe market volatility and disaster situations situations through the B.C. government’s Business Risk Management programs.
Provides funding to assist agricultural producers with the extraordinary costs incurred to recover from the adverse effects of the 2017 wildfire season.
Helps stabilize farm income by managing the risk of large income declines.
Helps producers manage their risk of crop losses caused by the weather, such as hail, spring frost, excessive rain, flooding and drought.
Provides compensation for crop loss due to wildlife damage
Offers protection against an unexpected drop in livestock prices.
Helps manage small income declines, and provides support for investments to mitigate risks or improve market income.
Food Safety & Traceability
Food safety and traceability programs provide education and awareness of food safety practices, as well as activities to identify and analyze new and emerging food safety hazards.
Provides funding to eligible B.C. farm-based businesses (i.e. growers, packers and ranchers) to address existing food safety issues, increase implementation of food safety practices and to meet national and international food safety requirements.
Provides funding to eligible B.C. processors, value adding producers, wholesalers, importers and distributors, to address existing food safety issues, increase implementation of food safety practices and to meet national and international food safety requirements.
Supports agrifood and seafood industry organizations to educate their membership about traceability systems, practices, infrastructure and technologies.
Provides funding to agriculture, agrifood and seafood businesses to implement facility-based traceability practices, systems, infrastructure and technologies.
Provides rebate to livestock operators who implement approved livestock tag readers.
Provides funding to agriculture, agrifood and seafood sector organizations and value chains to implement sector-wide or value chain traceability practices, systems, infrastructure and technologies.
Premises Identification links livestock and poultry to geographic locations, and is an important step in protecting the health and safety of animals.
Environmental programs are available to support sustainable agriculture practices.
Next intake expected: Spring 2019
Provides carbon tax relief to B.C. commercial vegetable, floriculture, wholesale nursery and forest seedling greenhouse.
Supports producers to complete environmental and climate change risk assessments related to agriculture.
Beneficial Management Practices
Supports producers to implement practices, identified through an Environmental Farm Plan, to increase agricultural sustainability, address climate change and contribute to a cleaner environment.
Applications are now closed
Supports collaborative research, demonstration, and knowledge-sharing to enable farm-level adaptation to climate change.
Farmers make a significant contribution to the economy and the health and well-being of British Columbia as a whole.
The Century Farm Award honours pioneers whose farm, ranch or agricultural organization have been active in B.C. for 100 years.