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Productivity funding available for northern agri-food businesses

Next intake of SNAPP program opens on Dec. 6

A new funding intake to assist Northern Ontario farmers in purchasing equipment to improve operations will open on Dec. 6.

Funded through the federal government, the Sustainable New Agri-Food Products and Productivity (SNAPP) program is eligible to Northern Ontario food producers and agriculture-related businesses.

Approved applicants can receive up to $10,000 at 50 per cent cost share toward the cost of equipment that would achieve one of three goals:

  • the creation of innovative food or agricultural products that are new to the business; 
  • the implementation of innovation or technology that boosts productivity or efficiency; 
  • the reduction of the business’s ecological impact and carbon footprint.

Applicants can pursue funding through the new product stream, the productivity enhancement stream, or the clean tech in agri-food stream.

Examples of eligible projects include processing equipment to create value-added products or LED lighting for hydroponic growing to increase productivity of year-round produce.

SNAPP is administered through the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a division of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, in partnership with regional partners.