Technologies and Processes to Reduce Plant Pest Contamination and Risk


Stream: Processor



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?

Processors who wish to identify and limit the introduction and spread of plant pests to decrease contamination risk to their business and the sector as a whole.

To apply you must have

A completed operation-wide self-assessment against biosecurity standards or a health or pest risk assessment completed by a consultant.

Eligible activities and expenditures

Costs for the sole purpose of decreasing pest risk to plant health:

  • Management tools and equipment including:
    • Using new technologies or practices to reduce pest development and spread
    • Innovative pest mitigation technologies that reduce worker exposure and environmental risk
  • Monitoring and diagnostic tools including:
    • Monitoring equipment (e.g., optical sorters)
    • Pest modeling software
  • Modifications or additions to existing structures to establish an anteroom or header house into high-risk areas
    • Proposed modifications or additions must clearly demonstrate separation of clean and dirty traffic flow through a CAP
  • Modifications to existing structures to facilitate more efficient movement of plants and people to reduce plant health biosecurity risks
  • Improving traffic flow efficiency to reduce contamination through establishing new or existing walkways, laneways, access routes, etc.
  • Construction of hard surface pad or wash bay facility for cleaning and disinfecting vehicles and equipment outside a CAP or CAZ
  • Installation of specialized cleaning and disinfection equipment
  • Plant hygiene or treatment equipment
  • Installing a treatment system to remove pathogens, particulates, crop residue or contaminants from water
  • Construction or modification of a structure used only as a quarantine or isolation facility

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Costs associated with contamination scenarios caused by the applicant’s negligence or faulty practices
  • Costs that are routine, ongoing, maintenance or operational
  • Ongoing consumables
  • Pesticides
  • Staff costs
  • Consultant Costs
  • Routine maintenance of equipment, replacement of worn out components
  • Modifications not relevant to improving biosecurity
  • Construction of new buildings or buildings not attached to existing production areas
  • Addition of anteroom on a new production facility built since April 1, 2013
  • Warranties for equipment or components used for modification of equipment
  • Travel and meal costs
  • In-kind contributions
  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here

Available cost-share

35 per cent, up to a maximum of $100,000

Required documentation

  • Completed operation-wide self-assessment or completed health or pest risk assessment
  • Quote or proposal to support costs

Merit assessment criteria

  • Impact of project on the risk of the pest introduction or spread
  • Benefit to the broader agri-food sector
  • Project is part of a complete plan developed in conjunction with and resulting from, an assessment or evaluation performed by a qualified person
  • Ability to measure and demonstrate efficacy outcomes of disinfection/isolation practices
  • Project demonstrates sustainability

Other useful information

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 $142,858. You may view specific criteria and other details 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 omafra.gov.on.ca

Edit date: November 27, 2019

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