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Ingredient Efficiency and Waste Reduction

Stream: Processor

Code:

EMPT-PR-D

Who should apply?

Processors that wish to increase ingredient efficiency and reduce waste in an agri-food or agri-product processing facility that has fewer than 200 employees by putting in place:

  • New and novel technological and equipment upgrades, which are defined as those that have been adopted by less than 20 per cent of the sector in Ontario to date

OR

  • Technological and equipment upgrades in Northern Ontario and Indigenous Partner businesses, that may or may not be new or novel in Ontario

To apply you must

  • Have completed an audit, assessment or labour productivity plan that demonstrates the need and impact of the project in addressing current deficiencies, opportunities or risks
  • Have baseline Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for productivity, energy usage and waste management

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Costs of ingredient and waste measurement, metering and monitoring equipment (permanent systems intended to be left in place), including modification and improvements to existing systems
  • Costs of software and reporting systems directly related to ingredient and waste measurement, metering and monitoring equipment
  • system installation, calibration and optimization of ingredient and waste measurement, metering and monitoring equipment
  • First-time activities and advisory services for:
    • First-time KPI analysis for ingredient and waste
    • Development of performance reports and report cards
    • Integration of ingredient and waste KPI feedback data with product costing models
  • Software systems and capital expenses related to retrofitting, upgrading, modifying and acquiring new equipment, technology and processes associated with implementing projects that will lead to ingredient efficiencies and waste reductions
  • Engineering, installation and calibration costs associated with retrofitting, upgrading, modifying and acquiring new equipment, technology and processes that will lead to ingredient efficiencies and waste reductions
  • One-time 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 contract salaries, benefits and specific per diem fees (excluding existing full- or part-time staff)
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Ongoing software licensing costs or fees
  • Direct supply chain and logistics costs (e.g., freight and storage, trucking)
  • Ongoing advisory service costs or expenses associated with data analysis and reporting
  • Ongoing costs associated with third-party logistics services or contracts
  • Ongoing training and re-training costs linked to existing systems
  • Travel and meal costs In-kind contributions
  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here

Available cost-share

35 per cent, up to a maximum of $75,000

Required documentation

  • Costs of audit, assessment or productivity plan, showing 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 equipment, retrofitting or technology

Merit assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed against the extent to which:

  • Applicants are:
    • Operating in Northern Ontario
    • Indigenous Partners
    • Implementing upgrades that are new or novel in Ontario
  • 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
  • Funding reduces business risk
  • 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

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Edit date: December 13, 2018

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Need Help?

For assistance with the Online Program Guide, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre – Mon. to Fri., 8 am – 5 pm, 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca