Preventing Access by Wildlife, Pests, and Rodents
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?
Greenhouse producers and propagators who wish to modify production areas to prevent the introduction and spread of diseases and 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
- 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
Eligible activities and expenditures
- Installing screening on production facilities
- Installing pest control devices or deterrents
- Applying gravel around perimeter of production facilities (1 metre strip, 6 inches deep)
- First-time costs of establishing a pest management program
- In kind contributions
Ineligible activities and expenditures
- Activities and expenditures as detailed here
- Repairs to roof, exterior walls or foundations
- Establishment of training materials
- Lawn mowers or grounds maintenance services
- New construction of storage sheds or structures
- Ongoing consumables (e.g., bait) or services related to a pest management program
- Bird netting, noisemakers or bangers for field crops
- Replacing or repairing doors
25 per cent, up to a maximum of $50,000
- Certificate of completion for a Crop or Horticulture Biosecurity Workshop
- Farm-wide assessment against the national biosecurity standards OR a commodity-specific plant health/pest risk assessment, that supports need for the project
Merit assessment criteria
- Degree of impact in aligning with national biosecurity standards or outcomes
- Impact of project on the risk of pathogen or pest introduction or spread
- Benefit to broader agriculture sector
- Preference will be given to projects that are part of a complete plan developed in conjunction with, and resulting from, an assessment or evaluation performed by a Certified Crop Advisor, such as an integrated pest management plan
Taking an innovative approach?
If you are taking an innovative approach to implementing your project in this Project Category – such as using novel materials or combining multiple techniques to develop a new strategy, for example – you may be eligible to receive cost-share funding of up to 50 per cent, to a maximum available cost-share per project of $100,000. More information about applying for an innovative project in this Project Category is available here.
Is this project for you? Find out if you meet the program requirements
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 Stone Road W, Guelph ON N1G 4Y2.
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
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.
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Edit date: January 6, 2021