Agriculture & Seafood Programs

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

Apply for Programs

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.

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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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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. Oyster Recovery Fund

Accepting Applications

Provides short-term relief funds to British Columbia oyster growers for the purchase of oyster seed to support production continuity.

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Bee BC

Provides funding to enhance bee health throughout the province.

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B.C. Indigenous Agriculture Development Program

Accepting Applications

Provides support for the development of agriculture and agrifoods opportunities within Indigenous Communities.

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B.C. Agri-Business Planning Program

Accepting Applications

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.

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Tree Fruit Replant

Next intake expected: Summer/Fall 2018

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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Innovation (Canada-BC Agri-Innovation)

Accepting Applications

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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B.C. Agrifood & Seafood Market Development

Accepting Applications

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

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.

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Wildfire Recovery (BC Wildfires AgriRecovery Initiative)

Accepting Applications

Provides funding to assist agricultural producers with the extraordinary costs incurred to recover from the adverse effects of the 2017 wildfire season.

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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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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.

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Crop Loss & Damage Due to Wildlife (Agriculture Wildlife)

Accepting Applications

Provides compensation for crop loss due to wildlife damage

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Livestock Price Insurance

Accepting Applications

Offers protection against an unexpected drop in livestock prices.

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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.

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.

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On-Farm Food Safety

Launching Fall 2018

Provides funding to agrifood businesses to address current food safety and traceability issues and meet emerging national and international standards.

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Post-Farm Food Safety

Launching Fall 2018

Provides funding to food and beverage manufacturing facilities to address current food safety and traceability issues and meet emerging national and international standards.

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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 Adoption

Launching Fall 2018

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

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Traceability Value Chain

Launching Fall 2018

Provides funding to agrifood and seafood sector organizations and value chains to implement sector-wide or value chain traceability practices, systems, infrastructure and technologies.

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Premises ID

Accepting Applications

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

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental programs are available to support sustainable agriculture practices.

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Greenhouse Carbon Tax Relief Grant

Next intake expected: Spring 2019

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

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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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Beneficial Management Practices

Launching Summer 2018

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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Farm Adaptation Innovator Program

Accepting Applications

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

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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