Education, Training, Assessment, and Planning (Animal Health)


Stream: Processor



For projects focused on first-time activities to improve animal health and welfare.

Who should apply?

Abattoirs, including new processor businesses (new entrants), that are planning first-time activities for animal health education or training, or to complete operational assessments and plans, with a qualified third party.

Preference is currently given to projects that support provincially licensed abattoirs.

To apply you must

Be a processor, or

Be a new processor business (new entrant) that:

  • Constitutes a legal person
  • Is new to the food and agri-product processing industry and has business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $30,000 or more within three years of applying
  • Files personal income taxes in Ontario
  • Has not filed taxes of $30,000 or more in annual gross business revenue as a food or agri-product processing business in the two years prior to applying for funding
  • Has a valid Premises Identification (PID) Number (if a processing facility is established)

Eligible activities and expenditures

This Project Category is for first-time activities:

  • Education and training from a third-party institution or consultant on topics related to the adoption of the national biosecurity standards, a commodity-specific risk management program, or animal welfare practices and procedures related to national Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals
  • Operational assessments, conducted by a qualified third party such as a licensed veterinarian or certified animal welfare auditor, against:
    • National biosecurity standards, or practices and procedures
    • Commodity-specific risk management program
    • National Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals
    • National commodity-specific farm animal care program
    • Market-driven animal welfare program (e.g., North American Meat Institute Audit)
  • Qualified third-party services to provide an initial operational plan (e.g., disease response plan, operation specific procedures, nutrient management plan or strategy)

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Projects that support animals of non-agricultural significance
  • In-kind contributions
  • Professional services not directly related to the eligible activity
  • Repeat services for the same operation or premise
  • Travel and meal costs
  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here

Available cost-share

50 per cent, up to a maximum of $5,000

Required documentation

  • Quote and/or proof of cost to support cost of education training, planning or assessment activity

Merit assessment criteria

  • Identified level of risk, with priority given to high- moderate risk operations, or proposals that will have greatest impact based on risk of introduction or spread of disease
  • Priority will be given to provincially licensed abattoirs

Other useful information

If you are interested in applying as a new processor business (new entrant), contact OMAFRA at 1-877-424-1300 or agpartnership@ontario.ca.

What's Next?

Is this project for you? Find out if you meet the program requirements
Program Requirements


For more information on upcoming application intakes, visit omafra.gov.on.ca

Edit date: November 27, 2019

Need Help?

For assistance with the Online Program Guide, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre – Mon. to Fri., 8 am – 5 pm, 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca