Planning for Increased Labour Productivity


Stream: Producer



For projects to conduct assessments and audits and develop plans to measure improvements in labour productivity.

Who should apply?

Producers who wish to conduct labour productivity assessments and audits and develop plans so they may identify gaps and inefficiencies in labour productivity and find opportunities for improvement.

To apply you must have completed

There are no additional qualifications necessary to apply for this Project Category.

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Third-party advisory services (may include benchmarking, data gathering and analysis, as well as development and review of written report) to complete a labour productivity assessment to define opportunities for the farm business to:
    • Reduce labour costs per unit of production
    • Reduce logistics costs
    • Reduce waste
    • Improve quality and consistency
    • Encounter less re-work or downtime
  • Third-party advisory costs to develop a plan focused on labour productivity objectives and strategies within the context of the farm business, including identification of the necessary tools and skills to increase productivity through more efficient use of existing technology or adoption of new and higher performing equipment or technology (including integrated software systems). Advisory costs could include:
    • Development of productivity objectives and strategies
    • Development of measurable labour productivity goals and timelines to achieve those goals
    • Identifying labour saving opportunities and potential return on investment
    • Identifying potential skills development or training opportunities to improve labour productivity
    • Development of performance measures and indicators that can measure performance or improvements
    • Development of a written report
    • Review of the report with the producer
  • Costs of training and education from a third-party training institution or consultant on topics focused on:
    • Increasing understanding of labour productivity
    • Enhancing skills and knowledge to increase labour productivity
    • Developing a high-skilled workforce by adopting new technologies
    • Implementing new business practices to increase labour productivity

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Learning activities not based on increasing awareness/ understanding of labour productivity (even if the activity increases labour productivity)
  • Ongoing audits or assessments that are part of standard business practice
  • Product verification audits or assessments
  • In-kind contributions

Available cost-share

50 per cent, up to a maximum of $15,000

Required documentation

  • Course outline detailing training to be provided (if applicable)

Merit assessment criteria

  • Project demonstrates the impact of the project to address current deficiencies and opportunities
  • Ability of project to provide increased capacity to manage and plan
  • Ability of project to provide increased capacity to make strategic decisions regarding labour productivity
  • Project helps address regional (e.g., northern), sector, or community level needs

Other useful information

While not a requirement, a Growing Your Farm Profits workshop is available to help you identify areas on your operation that would benefit from economic development. Sign up for a GYFP Workshop online at ontariosoilcrop.org.

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 ontariosoilcrop.org

Any established farm business that is a legal entity and produces agricultural commodities in Ontario under a valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN), or an allowable exemption, is eligible to apply for cost-share funding under the Partnership—provided that the farm business meets all of the requirements set out in the Program Guide. You must also have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification (PID) Number for the farm property where the project is to take place. In addition, you are required to be in compliance with all Requirements of the Law and remain in compliance for the duration of the project.

A farm business may have up to two (2) applications approved in an intake or under consideration at one time. A separate application must be submitted for each project.

There is no limit to the number of cost-share projects that a farm business can complete over the five-year span of the Partnership. There is also no limit to the number of approved cost-share projects that a farm business can have underway at one time.

Applications are evaluated based only on the information submitted and will not be considered if they do not meet eligibility criteria or if they are incomplete.

Complete applications that meet eligibility criteria are assessed using Merit Assessment Criteria, which is specific to each Project Category. Applications that are selected using a merit-based review process are approved on a continuous basis while funds remain available.

Conditional approval for funding may be granted for complete applications with high merit that require confirmation of additional information before project approval.

Applications are submitted electronically.* You can apply and submit all required documentation at ontarioprograms.net.

You can also complete the Application Form for the Project Category you are applying under, and submit with all required documentation by email to CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org. Copies of Application Forms are available at ontarioprogramguides.net.

*If you cannot apply online or by email, you may send hard copy applications and all required documentation to OSCIA by post or courier to 1-367 Woodlawn Road W, Guelph, ON, N1H 7K9.

Applications will be reviewed, and cost-share funding decisions will be made after the Application Intake has closed. You will be notified by mail and/or email approximately 45 business days from the date a given Application Intake closes. (If there is an exception to this, it may be noted in the Project Category Description.) There are three possible outcomes:

  • Application is approved – you will receive confirmation of claim procedures and submission deadlines, and a questionnaire that must be completed at the end of the project.
  • Application is conditionally approved – you will be notified about what additional information is required to finalize approval of your project.
  • Application is declined – you will receive a brief explanation for the decision.

The start date for your project is the date on the Approval or Conditional Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for each successful project. Projects cannot be started before that date. Eligible costs can only be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant after the date on which the Letter is issued.

The completion date for your project will be specified in the Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for the successful project. Eligible costs must be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant on or before this completion date.

New producers are new entrants to the agricultural production industry who:

  • File personal income taxes in Ontario
  • Have proof of ownership or control of productive agricultural assets to generate farm income
  • Have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification Number for the farm property where the proposed project is to take place
  • Have not had more than $7,000 in gross farm income two and three years prior to enrolling in the Partnership
  • Have business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $7,000 or more within three years of applying

New producers are eligible for:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Plans
  • Marketing Plans
  • Nutrient Management and Soil Health Planning
  • Education, Training, Assessment and Planning (Animal Health)
  • Food Safety and Traceability Gap Assessment and Pre-audit
  • Food Safety and Traceability Training
  • Education, Training, Assessment and Planning (Plant Health)

If you are a new producer, contact OSCIA at 1-800-265-9751 or CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org for a list of applicable Project Categories, and to request a copy of the New Producer Application Form.


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Edit date: January 6, 2021

Need Help?

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