Agriculture and seafood programs

Agriculture and seafood producers and processors can access programs and funding to support their businesses.

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Business, innovation and market development

Programs are available to support farmers and food processors to start, grow and innovate their business and more effectively market their products.

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B.C. Agri-Business Planning Program

Accepting Applications (Coaching Stream)

The Program provides funding support for agriculture and agrifood producers to support informed decision making and ensure business development.

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B.C. Agrifood and Seafood Market Development

Accepting Applications

Provides funding to support businesses to develop marketing skills, purchase market research, create marketing plans and expand export sales.

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B.C. Domestic Temporary Farm Workers COVID-19 PPE Supports Program

Accepting applications

The B.C. Domestic Temporary Farm Workers COVID-19 PPE Supports Program will reimburse up to 70% of costs for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to a maximum of $1,000 per organization within eligible guidelines.

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B.C. Indigenous Agriculture Development Program

Accepting Applications

Provides supports for Indigenous people’s success in the food and agriculture sector through agriculture business support services. 
 

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B.C. Land Matching Program

Accepting applications

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.

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B.C. Lean for Food Processors Program

Accepting applications

Supports processors to make more informed decisions, optimize operating procedures, improve production capacity, labour productivity and strengthen their business.

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B.C. Tree Fruit Replant Program

Provides financial help for growers to replace fruit trees with varieties that will meet consumer demands for high-value, high-quality B.C. fruit.

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Bee BC

Provides funding to enhance bee health throughout the province.

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Buy BC Partnership Program

Accepting applications

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.

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Food Business Refresh Program

Application intake is closed

The Food Business Refresh program is a cost-share program that supports local companies to find opportunities to pivot from markets disrupted by COVID 19 to new market channels.

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Hazelnut Renewal Program

Application intake is closed

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.

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Innovation (Canada-BC Agri-Innovation)

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.

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Knowledge Transfer Events

Provides funding to support knowledge transfer events for B.C. producers and food processors.

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Raspberry Replant Program

Program opens December 1, 2020

Provides funding for planting new raspberry fields with varieties that are intended for fresh or Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) markets.

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Small Farm Business Acceleration Program

Program opens December 7, 2020

Provides funding for small and new farm businesses to make the investments necessary to achieve farm income growth goals, ensure commercial viability and strengthen financial sustainability.

 

Insurance and 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.

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Agriculture Income Protection (AgriStability)

Accepting applications

Helps stabilize farm income by managing the risk of large income declines.

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Crop Loss and Damage Due to Wildlife (Agriculture Wildlife)

Accepting applications

Provides compensation for crop loss due to wildlife damage

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Income Savings Account (AgriInvest)

Accepting applications

Helps manage small income declines, and provides support for investments to mitigate risks or improve market income.

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Livestock Price Insurance

Accepting applications

Offers protection against an unexpected drop in livestock prices.

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Production Insurance

Accepting applications

Helps producers manage their risk of crop losses caused by the weather, such as hail, spring frost, excessive rain, flooding and drought.


Food safety and 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.

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Livestock Tag Reader Rebate

Accepting applications

Provides rebate to livestock operators who implement approved livestock tag readers.

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On-Farm Food Safety (OFFS) Program

Applications are now closed

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.

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Post-Farm Food Safety (PFFS) Program

Applications are now closed

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.

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Premises ID

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Premises Identification links livestock and poultry to geographic locations, and is an important step in protecting the health and safety of animals.

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Traceability Adoption

Next intake: January 2021

Provides funding to agriculture, agrifood and seafood businesses to implement facility-based traceability practices, systems, infrastructure and technologies.

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Traceability Knowledge Transfer

Accepting applications

Supports agrifood and seafood industry organizations to educate their membership about traceability systems, practices, infrastructure and technologies.

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Traceability Value Chain

Accepting applications

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.


Environmental sustainability

Environmental programs are available to support sustainable agriculture practices.

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Beneficial Management Practices

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Supports producers to implement practices, identified through an Environmental Farm Plan, to increase agricultural sustainability, address climate change and contribute to a cleaner environment.

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Environmental Farm Plan

Accepting applications

Supports producers to complete environmental and climate change risk assessments related to agriculture.

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Farm Adaptation Innovator Program

Applications are now closed

Supports collaborative research, demonstration, and knowledge-sharing to enable farm-level adaptation to climate change.

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Greenhouse Carbon Tax Relief Grant

Applications are now closed

Provides carbon tax relief to B.C. commercial vegetable, floriculture, wholesale nursery and forest seedling greenhouse.

 

Recognition

Farmers make a significant contribution to the economy and the health and well-being of British Columbia as a whole.

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Century Farm Award

Accepting applications

The Century Farm Award honours pioneers whose farm, ranch or agricultural organization have been active in B.C. for 100 years.

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