Financial Assistance

Ag Action Manitoba Program for Agri-Processors

Assurance

DESCRIPTION

Ag Action Manitoba will support the adoption of risk mitigation strategies, best practices and assurance systems that improve food safety, traceability, animal welfare and biosecurity practices.


WHO QUALIFIES

Eligible applicants under food safety and traceability are:

  • agri-food processors
  • abattoirs

Eligible applicants under animal welfare and biosecurity are:

  • abattoirs

Other eligibility requirements

  • Applicants that do not have a permit to operate a food handling establishment, may still apply for assurance funding, however, a permit must be obtained before submission of the claim form.
  •  Applicants can be from inside or outside of Manitoba, as long as the activities related to the application occur in Manitoba or have a positive outcome for Manitoba.
  •  Abattoirs are required to have a Manitoba Premises Identification Number.

AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE

There is a cost share funding of 50 per cent government and 50 per cent applicant for Assurance. Assurance has four specific focus areas.

Funding caps will vary according to focus area and applicant type. Agri-food processors are eligible for a total of $25,000 in funding. Abattoirs are eligible for up to $35,000 in funding, where a $25,000 cap is for  food safety and traceability and a $10,000 cap is for biosecurity and animal welfare. Refer to the chart below:

Focus Area

Eligible Applicant

Funding Cap


Food Safety
includes:

  • Foreign material detection equipment
  • Program development and implementation
  • Training
  • Calibration and  monitoring equipment
  • Testing equipment

Traceability

 

  • Agri-food processor
  • Abattoir

 

 

$25,000

 

Animal Welfare

 

Biosecurity

 

  • Abattoir

 

$10,000


Refer to the Ag Action Manitoba Program for Agri-Processors Guide to Program Terms and Conditions (PDF 614 KB)  for eligible and ineligible costs.


HOW TO APPLY

  1. Review the Ag Action Manitoba Program Terms and Conditions Guidebook (PDF 614 KB) before you complete your application to ensure you meet all the requirements for eligibility. On the application you will be required to state that you have read, understood and agree to abide by all the requirements set out in the guide.
  2. Download the fillable application form (PDF 638 KB).
  3. Applications with required documentation can be emailed to Manitoba Agriculture. Be sure to:
    • always save a copy of the completed application for your records
    • attach all required documents before sending
    • include your name, business or organization, contact information and the activity you are applying for in the body of the email
  4. When your application is received, Manitoba Agriculture will assess your application. Once the application is assessed, you will receive a funding decision letter.
  5. You must receive a funding decision letter or a contribution agreement before you start any work on your project. Applications for projects that were started before you received notification will not be accepted.
  6. Only costs paid out after the date on your approval letter will be reimbursed. Any expenses incurred before the project’s written approval are ineligible, unless and except where otherwise expressly authorized in writing by the program administrator.
  7. When your project is completed, submit itemized receipts or other acceptable proof of payments to:
    Ag Action Manitoba – Program Administrator, 810 Phillips Street, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3JN
  8. Payment will be issued upon meeting all of the above requirements and according to the schedule stated in the funding decision letter or contribution agreement.
  9. An audit inspection of final work may occur before or after payment is issued.  

APPLICATION DEADLINE

  • applications are received on a continual basis
  • subject to funding availability

     

WHO TO CONTACT

  • Email the program administrator
  • 1-844-769-6224

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Applications are reviewed and approved on a first come first serve basis until funds are fully allocated.