Plant Pest Monitoring and Management Tools and Equipment


Stream: Producer



For projects focused on reducing biosecurity risks into, out of, and within high-risk areas of the operation, in a measurable or proven way.

Who should apply?

Producers who wish to incorporate tools and equipment for monitoring, management and treatment into plant health biosecurity plans to prevent, identify and limit the introduction and spread of pests.

To apply you must have completed

  • A Crop and Horticulture Biosecurity Workshop
  • A farm-wide assessment against national biosecurity standards OR a commodity-specific plant health/pest risk assessment, that supports need for the project
    • Assessment may be completed by the applicant or by a qualified third party, such as certified crop advisor
    • Assessment requirements can be found at org
For information about free Biosecurity Workshops delivered by OSCIA or to register, visit ontariosoilcrop.org

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • On-farm management tools and equipment, including:
    • Using new technologies to modify environmental conditions or farming practices to reduce pest development and spread
    • Innovative application technologies that reduces environmental risk and worker exposure
  • On-farm monitoring and diagnostic tools, including:
    • Monitoring equipment (e.g., lures, traps, sticky cards, hand lens, sweep nets, microscope, Smartphone apps for diagnostics and monitoring)
    • Environmental data loggers
    • Drone or remote sensing technology
    • Reference materials
    • Pest modeling software
  • Modification of existing air seeders or vacuum planters to install dust deflectors to direct exhausted air from the planter or seeder vacuum fan toward the ground including:
    • Purchase and installation of factory-made or ready-made dust deflector units based on equipment manufacturer’s specifications
    • Purchase and installation of custom-made dust deflectors to modify existing seed planting equipment
  • In-kind contributions

 Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • New seeding equipment
  • Pesticides
  • Routine maintenance of planting equipment and replacement of worn-out components
  • Warranties for equipment or components used for modification of equipment

Available cost-share

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

Required documentation

  • Certificate of completion for a Crop or Horticulture Biosecurity Workshop
  • A commodity-specific health or pest risk assessment OR a farm-wide assessment against the national biosecurity standards, that supports need for the project

 Merit assessment criteria

  • Degree of impact in aligning with national biosecurity standards and outcomes
  • Support of Certified Crop Advisor for the project design
  • Impact of project on the risk of the pest introduction or spread
  • Benefit to the broader agricultural sector — preference will be given to projects that are part of a complete, long-term biosecurity plan developed in conjunction with, and resulting from, the assessment or evaluation by a Certified Crop Advisor
  • Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate sustainability (e.g., the project will markedly reduce chemical pesticide use)
  • Number of times an applicant business has accessed cost-share funding under the producer stream of the province-wide Partnership program
  • Ability of project to support economic recovery and growth of Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sectors

Taking an innovative approach?

If you are taking an innovative approach to implementing your project in this Project Category – such as using an innovative tool or technique being used in another sector industry or jurisdiction that reduces pest risk- you may be eligible to receive cost-share funding of up to 50 per cent, to a maximum available cost-share per project of $35,714. More information about applying for an innovative project in this Project Category is available here.

What's Next?

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


For more information, visit ontariosoilcrop.org

Any established farm business that is a legal entity and produces agricultural commodities in Ontario under a valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN), or an allowable exemption, is eligible to apply for cost-share funding under the Partnership—provided that the farm business meets all of the requirements set out in the Program Guide. You must also have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification (PID) Number for the farm property where the project is to take place. In addition, you are required to be in compliance with all Requirements of the Law and remain in compliance for the duration of the project.

A farm business may have up to two (2) applications approved in an intake or under consideration at one time. A separate application must be submitted for each project.

There is no limit to the number of cost-share projects that a farm business can complete over the five-year span of the Partnership. There is also no limit to the number of approved cost-share projects that a farm business can have underway at one time.

Applications are evaluated based only on the information submitted and will not be considered if they do not meet eligibility criteria or if they are incomplete.

Complete applications that meet eligibility criteria are assessed using Merit Assessment Criteria, which is specific to each Project Category. Applications that are selected using a merit-based review process are approved on a continuous basis while funds remain available.

Conditional approval for funding may be granted for complete applications with high merit that require confirmation of additional information before project approval.

Applications are submitted electronically.* You can apply and submit all required documentation at ontarioprograms.net.

You can also complete the Application Form for the Project Category you are applying under, and submit with all required documentation by email to CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org. Copies of Application Forms are available at ontarioprogramguides.net.

*If you cannot apply online or by email, you may send hard copy applications and all required documentation to OSCIA by post or courier to 1-367 Woodlawn Road W, Guelph, ON, N1H 7K9.

Applications will be reviewed, and cost-share funding decisions will be made after the Application Intake has closed. You will be notified by mail and/or email approximately 45 business days from the date a given Application Intake closes. (If there is an exception to this, it may be noted in the Project Category Description.) There are three possible outcomes:

  • Application is approved – you will receive confirmation of claim procedures and submission deadlines, and a questionnaire that must be completed at the end of the project.
  • Application is conditionally approved – you will be notified about what additional information is required to finalize approval of your project.

Application is declined – you will receive a brief explanation for the decision.

The start date for your project is the date on the Approval or Conditional Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for each successful project. Projects cannot be started before that date. Eligible costs can only be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant after the date on which the Letter is issued.

The completion date for your project will be specified in the Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for the successful project. Eligible costs must be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant on or before this completion date.

New producers are new entrants to the agricultural production industry who:

  • File personal income taxes in Ontario
  • Have proof of ownership or control of productive agricultural assets to generate farm income
  • Have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification Number for the farm property where the proposed project is to take place
  • Have not had more than $7,000 in gross farm income two and three years prior to enrolling in the Partnership
  • Have business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $7,000 or more within three years of applying

New producers are eligible for:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Plans
  • Marketing Plans
  • Nutrient Management and Soil Health Planning
  • Education, Training, Assessment and Planning (Animal Health)
  • Food Safety and Traceability Gap Assessment and Pre-audit
  • Food Safety and Traceability Training
  • Education, Training, Assessment and Planning (Plant Health)

If you are a new producer, contact OSCIA at 1-800-265-9751 or CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org for a list of applicable Project Categories, and to request a copy of the New Producer Application Form.

Edit date: December 6, 2021

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

Plant Pest means any weed, nematode, arthropod (e.g., insect, mite, millipede, centipede, symphylan), mollusc or pathogen (e.g., fungus, bacterium, virus, viroid, phytoplasm) that can negatively impact or threaten agricultural crops