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Advanced Manufacturing and Technology for Primary Agri-food Businesses

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Stream: Other Business

Code:

EMPT-OA-G

Projects that implement technologies and equipment to enhance labour productivity or input efficiencies.

Who should apply?

Primary Agri-Food Businesses with projects in any agri-food sector may apply, but Primary Agri-Food Businesses with projects in the following sectors are currently given preference:

  • Grain and oil seed post-harvest handling
  • Vegetable and/or fruit post-harvest handling
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 a Primary Agri-Food Business that handles agri-food products in facilities with fewer than 200 employees. Primary Agri-Food Businesses are defined as Ontario agri-businesses that:
    • are directly involved in primary handling of agri-food, agri-products and commodities (e.g., washing, sorting, and packaging of produce)
    • do not meet the following definition of a processor:
      • Any established company that is a manufacturer and is currently directly involved in the transformation of agricultural commodities, food, beverage or agri-based bio-products in Ontario. Transformation means physically or chemically changing an agricultural commodity, food, beverage or bio-product.
    • do not meet the following definition of a producer:
      • Any established farm business that is a legal entity and produces agricultural commodities in Ontario under a valid Farm Business Registration Number, or an allowable exemption
    • Have completed an audit, assessment or labour productivity plan that demonstrates the need and impact of the project in addressing current deficiencies, opportunities and risks
    • Have baseline Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for productivity, energy usage and waste management

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Capital expenses directly related to new advanced manufacturing equipment, technology, robotics and software systems to increase automation for the purposes of:
    • labour productivity improvements; and/or
    • input efficiencies and waste reduction
  • Costs of input (ingredient or resources) and waste measurement, metering and monitoring equipment (permanent systems intended to be left in place), software and reporting systems
  • Costs associated with installation and configuration of eligible equipment
  • Development of new or translation of manufacturing policies, feedback systems, preventative maintenance procedures and standard operational procedures, such as processing standards (time, temperature, speed etc.); proactive, preventative maintenance routines; and employee scheduling systems
  • One-time costs associated with training key personnel on project-related new equipment, technology and software systems (e.g., train the trainer)
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project for 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

  • Building structure modifications
  • Costs and activities associated with expanding facility capacity or output, without increasing the degree of automation or level of productivity or input efficiency and waste reduction
  • Costs and activities associated with equipment, technology or software that is not advanced manufacturing, automation and directly related to labour productivity improvements or input efficiencies and waste reduction
  • This includes costs and equipment that are required for the operation of eligible equipment
  • Travel and meal costs
  • In-kind contributions
  • Ineligible activities and costs as detailed here

Available cost-share

25 per cent, up to a maximum of $200,000

Required documentation

  • Audit, assessment or plan that demonstrates the need and impact of the project in addressing current deficiencies, opportunities or risks
  • Quote or proposal from third-party organization or consultant, detailing services to be provided, costs and outcomes
  • Quote detailing costs of new advanced manufacturing equipment, technology, robotics and software systems

Merit assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed against the extent to which:

  • Plan, audit or assessments demonstrate need for the project
  • Project will lead to significantly enhanced labour productivity and/or input efficiencies and waste reduction
  • Project will make a measurable impact on KPIs
  • Relevant business impacts are anticipated and have been quantified, such as:
    • Reduced identified risks
    • Job creation or retention
    • Increased sales and revenue
    • Increased profitability
  • All components of the project are directly linked to labour productivity improvements and/or input efficiencies and waste reduction
  • Equipment or technology components of the project are:
    • leading-edge
    • not widely adopted by the Ontario agri-food industry
      • Incremental changes to equipment models will not be considered leading edge or not widely adopted
  • 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 project will result in secondary benefits for assurance systems
  • Sector specific targeting with current focus on the following: Grain and Oil Seed post-harvest handling and Vegetable and Fruit post-harvest handling
  • Funding reduces business risk
  • Project is aligned with program outcomes
  • Resources, experience and skills necessary to oversee and carry out the project are identified
  • Project work plans are clearly defined and aligned to project goals

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: May 29, 2019

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