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Technology and Equipment to Improve Labour Productivity

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Stream: Processor

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EMPT-PR-C

For projects to implement advanced manufacturing technologies and equipment to enhance labour productivity.

Who should apply?

Processors with projects in any agri-food sector may apply, but processors with projects in the following sectors* are currently given preference:

  • Meat Processing and Meat Product Manufacturing
  • Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
  • Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food
  • Dairy Product Manufacturing
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 processor that manufactures products in a facility with fewer than 200 employees
  • 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
  • And meet one of the following criteria at a minimum:
    • Be implementing advanced manufacturing technology, automation or robotics
    • Be an Indigenous partner business
    • Be operating in Northern Ontario

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Capital expenses and installation or configuration costs directly related to improving labour productivity with new automated, advanced manufacturing, robotic equipment and technology and/or software systems*
  • 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, such as third party advisory fees
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

*Exceptions may apply if your business is an Indigenous partner business, or if your business is operating in northern Ontario

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
  • Costs and activities associated with equipment, technology or software that is not advanced manufacturing/automation and directly related to labour productivity improvements*
    • This includes costs and equipment that are required for the operation of eligible equipment
  • Travel and meal costs
  • In-kind contributions
  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here

Available cost-share

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

Required documentation

  • Audit, assessment or productivity implementation 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 equipment and/or technology

Merit assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed against the extent to which:

  • Applicants are:
    • Operating in Northern Ontario
    • Indigenous Partners
  • Plan, audit or assessments demonstrate need for the project
  • Project will lead to significantly enhanced labour productivity and efficiencies
  • 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
  • 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 and the environment
  • Sector specific targeting with current focus on the following; Meat Processing and Meat Product Manufacturing, Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing, Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food, or Dairy Product Manufacturing.
  • 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

Other useful information:

If you are interested in applying as an Indigenous partner business, or if your business is operating in northern Ontario, contact OMAFRA at 1-877-424-1300 or agpartnership@ontario.ca to discuss costs that are eligible for your application.

Agri-food sectors that are given preference under this Project Category are subject to change.

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

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