Education, Training, Assessment and Planning (Plant Health)


Stream: Processor



For projects focused on building operation-specific knowledge and expertise in support of plant health.

Who should apply?

New processor businesses (new entrants) interested in:

  • Conducting operation-wide assessment against national biosecurity standards
  • Conducting commodity-specific health/pest risk assessments
  • Developing biosecurity procedures
  • Developing an integrated pest management plan or a response plan for potential invasive pest introductions
  • Participating in workshops or training in the following areas: plant health, biosecurity or calibration and application

To apply you must

Be a new processor business (new entrant) that:

  • Constitutes a legal person
  • Is new to the food and agri-product processing industry and has business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $30,000 or more within three years of applying
  • Files personal income taxes in Ontario
  • Has not filed taxes of $30,000 or more in annual gross business revenue as a food or agri-product processing business in the two years prior to applying for funding
  • Has a valid Premises Identification (PID) Number (if a processing facility is established)

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Training and education from a third-party training institution or consultant on topics related to the adoption of national biosecurity standards or a commodity-specific risk management program
  • Consultant services to provide:
    • A first-time assessment of facilities against national biosecurity standards or a commodity-specific health or pest risk assessment
    • A first-time assessment and production of a written report or plan that provides initial recommendations for implementing an integrated pest management plan and Best Management Practices (BMPs)
    • Biosecurity, disease or pest response or operational procedures
  • Consultant fees may include:
    • Data collection, sampling and analysis
    • Preparation of a report and review with the producer
  • Planning and decision support tools (e.g., purchase of computer software necessary for risk management planning)
  • Baseline laboratory testing for plant pests as part of an integrated pest management plan
  • Production of training or promotional material for workshops or training

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Training, materials and skills development projects that fulfill any academic requirements towards completion of a professional certificate, diploma or degree program
  • Professional services not directly related to the eligible activity
  • Ongoing sampling and testing costs to maintain or monitor health or pest status
  • Routine sampling and analysis to determine annual requirements for crop nutrients or pest control (e.g., crop scouting, annual crop planning)
  • Repeat services for the same property
  • Travel and meal costs
  • In-kind contributions
  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here

Available cost-share

50 per cent, up to a maximum of $5,000

Required documentation

  • Course outline detailing training to be provided, if applicable

Merit assessment criteria

  • Degree of impact in aligning with national biosecurity standards
  • Project provides increased capacity to manage and plan with regards to pest risk
  • Ability of project to increase the understanding of pest biology and pest risk management, especially related to current challenges faced, such as resistance management, spray drift, environmental stewardship and emergency planning

Other useful information

If you are interested in applying as a new processor business (new entrant), contact OMAFRA at 1-877-424-1300 or agpartnership@ontario.ca.

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 omafra.gov.on.ca

Edit date: November 27, 2019

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