Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program

What is it?

The Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) is a five-year (2009-2014), $163 million program with $28.1 million assigned to Ontario projects.

The program is intended to facilitate the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector's ability to seize opportunities, to respond to new and emerging issues and to pathfind and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to help it adapt and remain competitive.

What is the benefit to your organization?

The funding level will be considered on a case-by-case basis but:

  • priority, on a first-come first-served basis, will be given to applicants with industry-leveraged cash funding. Applicants must demonstrate that they leveraged as much non-governmental assistance as possible; and
  • the maximum level of total government funding (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal funding) for projects under CAAP will generally not exceed 85%.

The 15% industry contribution to each project can be cash, in-kind support from an eligible applicant only, or a combination of both.

Who Qualifies?

Eligible applicants are any Canadian legal entity (as it relates to the legal jurisdiction of the entities) capable of entering into a contract, including but not limited to:

  • organizations and associations;
  • cooperatives;
  • marketing boards;
  • aboriginal groups;
  • for-profit companies; and
  • individuals.

Federal, provincial, territorial government departments or agencies, and universities and colleges are not eligible applicants under this program but can be partners.

What Qualifies?

Qualifying projects are ones that:

  • Seize opportunities: the project takes advantage of a situation or circumstance to develop a new idea, product, niche, or market opportunity to the benefit of the sector.
  • Respond to new and emerging issues: the project addresses issues that were not of concern previously, or were unknown before.
  • Pathfind and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues: the project tests ways of dealing with new issues, or finds new ways to deal with existing issues.

Collective Outcomes (fully subscribed)

The CAAP will encourage and support collaborative efforts or collective outcome projects which demonstrate greater industry collaboration amongst national, multi-regional and regional stakeholders. Collective Outcome projects could include the participation of:

  • national organizations, working in collaboration with provincial/territorial groups; and
  • a minimum of two provincial or territorial councils.

How do I apply?

Forms and submission deadlines can be found at under the 'Current Programs' menu.

It is recommended that all applicants complete and submit a pre-proposal prior to completing the full application form. This will allow AAC program staff to review your project idea and provide feedback on the fit of your project within the CAAP guidelines.

Where can I find more information?

Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program
Agricultural Adaptation Council
Ontario AgriCentre
Suite 103, 100 Stone Road West
Guelph, ON N1G 5L3
Tel: 519-822-7554
Fax: 519-822-6248