Education, Training, Assessment, and Planning (Animal Health)
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
50 per cent, up to a maximum of $5,000
- 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 email@example.com.
Edit date: November 4, 2019