Programs and Services for Growth

Development Officers and New Venture Coaches at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry are ready to assist you in accessing the following resources designed to aid agri-processing companies locate funding programs, services and supports.

Automation, Technology & Continuous Improvement

Program Name Type Funding Website
Agri-Innovation Program Grant/Interest-Free Loan $10,000,000
Growing Forward Agri-Processing Automation & Efficiency Program Grant $2,000,000
GO Productivity Resource

Food Safety

Program Name Type Funding Website
Food Safety Resources & Assistance Resource
Growing Forward Food Safety Systems Processors Grant $25,000
Online Food Safety Training & Management System Resource
Food Safety Training & Consulting Resource

Investment/Business Planning/Access to Capital

Program Name Type Funding Website
Agriculture Borrowing Program Financing/Loan
Agribusiness & Agri-food Financing Financing/Loan
Business Loans Loan
Family-Owned Business Education Programs Resource centres/family-business
Family Business Resources Resource
Alberta Women Entrepreneurs Program Loan $150,000
Canada Small Business Financing Program Loan $1,000,000
Centres for Excellence for Commercialization and Research Program Network, Resource Loan
Community Future Business Loans Loan $150,000
District Business Ventures Accelerator Resource
Futurpreneur Canada Start-Up Program Loan $45,000
Pre-Commercial Investment Program Loan
Value Added & Agribusiness Program Financing/Loan $5,000,000


Program Name Type Funding Website
Canada’s Regulatory System for Food with Health Benefits Resource
Regulatory Readiness Decision Model Resource
Food Labelling for Industry Resource

Occupational Health & Safety (OH & S)

Program Name Type Funding Website
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Resource
Certificate of Recognition Program Resource
Small Employer Certificate of Recognition Resource
Workplace Health & Safety Program Resource

Research & Development/Innovation/Marketing

Program Name Type Funding Website
Alberta Bio Future Program Grant $100,000
Applied Research and Product Development Program Grant $150,000
Agri-Marketing Program Grant/
Interest-Free Loan
$250,000 (SME)
$2.5Mil/yr (MD)
$1Mil/project (AS)
Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator Resource
Alberta Export Expansion Package Grant
Alberta Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credit Tax Credit Tax Credit up to 10%
The Canada Brand in the Canadian Market Resource
Connectica Resource
Food Processing Development Centre Resource
Growing Forward Accelerating Innovation Grant $1,000,000
Growing Forward Agri-Processing Product and Market Development Grant $500,000
Growing Forward Business Opportunity Program Grant $30,000
Industrial Research Assistance Program Resource/Grant
Market Development Team Resource
Matching Investment Fund Grant $150,000
Product Demonstration Fund Grant $300,000
Western Innovation Initiative Grant $3,500,000
Scientific Research & Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program Tax Credit Tax credit up to 35%


Program Name Type Funding Website
Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund Program Grant
Green Municipality Fund Grant and Low Interest Loan $175,000 for plans and feasibility studies
$350,000 for projects
ecoENERGY for Industry Assessment Incentive Program Grant $40,000
On-line Sustainability Portal Resource
Office of Energy Efficiency Resource
SD Tech FundTM Grant

Workforce Development

Program Name Type Funding Website
Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative Grant $10,000
Agri-Industry Workforce Development Program Grant $25,000
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Resource
Alberta Innovates Commercialization Associates Grant $62,000
Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit Tax Credit $2,000
Canada-Alberta Job Grant Grant $10,000 per trainee
$300,000 per company
Canada Summer Jobs Grant 50% of minimum hourly wage for private sector
Career Bridge Program Grant
Great People Growing Profits Toolkit Resource
Growing Forward Business Management Skills Grant Grant $10,000 or $40,000
Funding for Hiring-Career Focus Program Grant $15,000
Job Creation Incentive Program Grant
Skilling Up Workplace Training Program Grant
Summer Temporary Employment Program Grant Based on size and scope of the organization
Temporary Foreign Worker Program Resource
Training and Development Resources Resource
Workforce Development Team Resource
Youth Employment Program Grant $30,000