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Development and Commercialization of Technology or Equipment to Increase Labour Productivity

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Stream: Other Business

Code:

EMPT-OA-E

For projects to adapt products, services or processes that will help drive producer and processor labour productivity

Who should apply?

See “To apply you must”

For the purposes of your application:
advanced manufacturing technology means technology that enhances an agri-food product manufacturing process through automation, robotics, or digitalization.
automation or automated technology is at least one operation of an agri-food product manufacturing process becoming fully automated as a result of the project.

To apply you must

  • Be an Ontario business or manufacturer that wants to commercialize advanced technologies, services or processes that will help drive producer and processor labour productivity
  • Have completed an assessment and business case that demonstrates the need and impact of the project in addressing current deficiencies, opportunities or risks
  • Have a commercialization plan that includes the following:
    • Business Overview
    • Project expected outcomes and impact for the end user (producer or processor)
    • Target market and how the technology will be marketed
    • Project budget
    • Production and implementation plan of the technology

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Advanced agri-food technology and equipment development or commercialization activities, including:
    • Material sourcing
    • Technology or equipment design
    • Engineering activities
    • Prototype development
    • Testing or analysis to verify and complement the development or commercialization process
  • Capital expenses, installation or configuration costs related to the development or commercialization of the advanced agri-food technology or equipment; retrofitting or modifications of existing equipment and technology, process or procedure; and software systems in support of the development of the advanced agri-food technology or equipment
  • One-time costs associated with training of key personnel on project-related new equipment, technology and processes (e.g., train the trainer)
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as third-party advisory fees (not including costs for an applicant’s staff)
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Equipment optimizations and retrofitting for existing technology or equipment
  • Any activity, testing or capital expense for existing technology or equipment
  • Ongoing material or input costs for technology or equipment intended to be sold
  • Travel and meal costs
  • In-kind contributions
  • Ineligible activities and costs as detailed here

Available cost-share

35 per cent, up to a maximum of $250,000

Required documentation

  • Quotes for project costs (e.g., equipment, consultants, training, services)
  • An assessment and business case that demonstrates the need and impact of the project in addressing current deficiencies, opportunities and/or risks. For a copy of the requirements for the assessment and business case, contact OMAFRA at 1-877-424-1300 or by email
  • Commercialization plan

Merit assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed against the extent to which:

  • Project addresses current deficiencies, opportunities or risks at a producer or processor facility, supported by an assessment
  • Project demonstrates all relevant and quantified anticipated impacts the advanced equipment, technology or process will achieve, such as:
    • Increased labour productivity
    • Increased production output
    • Reduced identified risks
    • Job creation or retention
    • Increased sales or revenue
    • Increased profitability
    • Reduced downtime
    • Reduced waste
    • Competitive advantage for new and emerging markets
    • Technical skills development and improved performance of personnel
  • The applicant will share information about the project to benefit the sector or industry (may include news release, an article in a trade magazine, presentations, social media/website, hosting an open house)
  • The evidence demonstrating the need for the project outlined in the assessment aligns with the goals of the project
  • Project work plans and eligible costs are clearly defined and aligned to project goals
  • Resources, experience and skills necessary to oversee and carry out the project are identified
  • Projects costs are reasonable and expected sources of funding for the project have been identified and allocated

What's Next?

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

 

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





Edit date: November 27, 2019

Need Help?

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