Preventing Introduction and Spread of Pests Through Isolation, Sanitation, and Controlling Work Flow


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 have identified high-risk areas in their operation with regards to workflow, sanitation or the ability to isolate material, and have identified a project that could decrease the level of risk in those areas in a measurable or proven way by:

  • Establishing quarantine/isolation mechanisms or areas for high-risk materials
  • Retrofits or new additions to establish an effective transition from high-risk to low-risk areas
  • Substantial changes in facility flow management or production that mitigate risks from plant pests
  • Installation of cleaning and/or disinfection equipment

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 ontariosoilcrop.org
  • An Action Plan based on the biosecurity assessment that:
    • Identifies places of highest risk on farm with regards to workflow/sanitation/ability to isolate material
    • Describes how the project addresses highest risks and adequately reduces them in a measurable or proven way
For information about free Biosecurity Workshops delivered by OSCIA or to register, visit ontariosoilcrop.org

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Modifications or additions to existing structures to establish an anteroom or header house into high-risk areas such as propagation areas or susceptible crops
    • Proposed modifications or additions must clearly demonstrate separation of clean and dirty traffic flow through a controlled access point
  • Modifications or additions to existing structures to facilitate more efficient movement of plants and people to reduce biosecurity risks, for example:
    • Clearly defining zones (e.g., RAZ; high-risk area) and access points to these zones using signage, fencing, insect-proof barriers, grading or landscaping
    • Improving the efficiency of traffic flow to reduce contamination through establishing new or re-routing existing walkways, laneways, access routes and vehicle turning areas
    • Installing barriers that can be used during times of high-risk if walkways, for example, cannot be re-routed (e.g., drop screens to protect sensitive crops or propagation material if culled or finished material must pass through the area)
    • Controlling access to operation and buildings through gates, fencing, signage, locks, barriers or security monitoring equipment
  • Construction of hard surface (e.g., concrete pad) or wash bay for cleaning and disinfecting vehicles and equipment within the CAZ or at a CAP, including:
    • Installation of sanitation facilities at CAPs or anterooms to higher risk areas must be part of a complete transition area for effective biosecurity
    • Replacing interior surfaces (e.g., walls, flooring, dividers) with non-porous washable materials such as concrete, puck board or stainless steel
  • Installation of specialized cleaning and disinfection equipment (e.g., tractor attachments for cleanout, permanent footbaths, equipment to sterilize pots or beds)
  • Installing a treatment system for the purpose of disinfecting or removing pathogens, particulate, crop residue or contaminants from water
  • Construction of a new structure used only as a quarantine or isolation facility or modification of an existing structure to be used only as a quarantine or isolation facility that reduces biosecurity risks identified in your biosecurity assessment
    • Must have separate air space, controlled access point and be easily cleaned and disinfected
    • Includes modification of existing structures to create segregation areas for distinct cohorts (e.g., new plant shipments) or between areas of high-risk and low-risk (e.g., propagation vs. production)
  • Emergency elimination of plant or soil materials posing a biosecurity risk to plant health (e.g. contaminated by spores or pests), specifically:
    • Construction materials to build a containment area to hold contaminated plant material or soil until destruction or movement to a proper waste management facility
    • Trucking expenses to move contaminated plant or soil to proper waste management facility
    • Expenses incurred from implementation of sanitation procedures by an external company, or internal costs of purchasing sanitation supplies

▪           In-kind contributions

 Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Washers, dryers, furniture or equipment for transition area that are not directly related to biosecurity
  • Fencing or demarcation of parts of the operation that are not subject to biosecurity measures or protocols
  • Construction of new buildings, buildings not attached to existing production areas, or addition of an anteroom on a new production facility built since April 1, 2018 (except for establishing a quarantine facility, as detailed under eligible activities)
  • Ongoing consumables (e.g., disposable coveralls, boot covers, gloves, masks, disinfectant, soap, bait)
  • Modifications and repairs as part of routine maintenance (e.g., replacing old surfaces with the same material, replacing or repairing doors, roofing, exterior walls, foundation or fencing)
  • General clothing and equipment for use in the RAZ or CAP (e.g., coveralls, boots, buckets, and brushes)
  • Establishing a water source (e.g., drilling a well, accessing municipal water supply, irrigation pond)
  • Time to complete cleaning or disinfecting activities
  • Modifications related to increasing production, including producing a crop not previously produced, health and safety requirements, or reasons not relevant to improving biosecurity
  • Any cost not for the sole purpose of decreasing biosecurity risk to plant health (e.g., pesticide spills, hazardous waste, grain bin construction)
  • Costs associated with contamination scenarios caused by the applicant’s negligence or faulty plant health management practices
  • Costs that are routine, ongoing, maintenance or operational (e.g., disposal of plant growth materials by greenhouse operations)
  • Consulting costs

Available cost-share

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

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
  • Action Plan based on the submitted assessment that:
    • Identifies places of highest risk on farm with regards to workflow/sanitation/ability to isolate material
    • Describes how the project addresses highest risks and adequately reduces them in a measurable or proven way
  • For applications that include costs to eliminate contaminated plant or soil materials, a written report or signed statement from an accredited lab, Certified Crop Advisor or other crop consultant as proof of plant or soil contamination

Merit assessment criteria

  • Degree of impact in aligning with national biosecurity standards and outcomes
  • Ability to measure and demonstrate efficacy outcomes of disinfection/isolation practices
  • Certified Crop Advisor support for the project design
  • Impact of project on the risk of pathogen or pest introduction and spread
  • Benefit to broader agriculture sector
  • Preference is given to projects that are part of a complete, long-term biosecurity plan developed in conjunction with, and resulting from, an assessment or evaluation performed by a Certified Crop Advisor
  • Preference is given to projects that demonstrate sustainability (e.g., the project will markedly reduce chemical pesticide use, reduce water use with regards to current sanitation methods, etc.)
  • For projects that include the elimination of contaminated plant or soil materials, the impact of eliminating contaminated plant or soil material to prevent spread off-site and within site movement

Taking an Innovative Approach?

If you are taking an innovative approach to implementing your project in this Project Category — for example, by using innovative barrier materials or using an innovative technique for sanitization/disinfection — you may be eligible to receive cost-share funding of up to 50 per cent, to a maximum available cost-share per project of $71,428. 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 on upcoming application intakes, 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 17, 2020

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