OAFT Programs & Services
Please note, these programs are designed to provide benefit to the “business of agriculture” in Ontario.

Rapid Response to Business Opportunities Program*

This program will provide up to $10,000 to cover direct costs for sales meetings concerning innovative agricultural products and services from Ontario.
  • Rapid -  A decision will be made within two business days upon receipt of final proposal
  • Process - submission of a completed Funding Application
  • Applications must demonstrate innovation in agri-tech and benefit to Ontario agriculture to be eligible
  • Notes - (1) The program does not cover consultants, sales agents, product/brand representatives, trading houses, tradeshows and exploratory marketing/prospecting (there must be prior contact); and (2) we can also pay for clients to come to your facility (to close sales)
  • Contact info@oaft.org for further information, or to request a Funding Application Form

 Rapid Response to Research Needs Program*

This program will provide up to $20,000 to a company to help solve small research hurdles or product standards testing.  We will make a decision within two business days.
  • This must be a 50/50 cost sharing
  • We respect confidentiality, but require a progress report along with receipts
  • We will not accept in-kind matching dollars (i.e. employee salaries)
  • Priority is given to innovative products
  • Contact info@oaft.org for further information, or to request a Funding Application Form
*These programs are supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

Member-to-Member Program

OAFT will provide up to $10,000 for projects that any two OAFT member organizations deem worthwhile and can benefit Ontario agriculture.
  • Letters from each member organization involved are required
  • Contact info@oaft.org

Capacity Building Program*

Small to mid-sized companies often have great difficulty in attracting research and development or capital assistance dollars from government programs and investors.  OAFT will provide the services of a professional writing team free of charge (to a maximum of $10,000).  Any company or organization shall simply send an email to info@oaft.org outlining what they wish to accomplish.  We will make a decision within two business days and contact the applicant as to investing in the writing of the project and the appropriate funding they should require.  We will also line-up letters of support for the proposal.
  • Company or organization must be willing to invest 30% minimum of project costs
  • Value to agriculture in Ontario will be a key
  • Note - OAFT  is not reimbursed if the project is successful
  • Contact info@oaft.org

Game Changers in Agriculture Video Series*

Please visit OAFT Videos to see some of the innovative companies we work with.
Provincial Programs

Agricultural Adaptation Council

http://adaptcouncil.org/our-programs.php

Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation

http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/programs/default.asp

Rural Economic Development (RED) Program

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/rural/red/

Federal Programs

Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Council (CAAP)

http://www4.agr.gc.ca/AAFC-AAC/display-afficher.do?id=1286477571817&lang=eng

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/h_00122.html

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada - Going Global Innovation (GGI)

http://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/science/going_global.jsp

National Research Council of Canada - Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/ibp/irap.html