Financial Assistance

Ag Action Manitoba Program

Capital Assets and Equipment

DESCRIPTION

Ag Action Manitoba supports funding for equipment purchases that support the transformation of raw inputs into value added goods, that bring new technologies or products into the production process,  capture value from waste products and address the treatment and purification of wastewater.


WHO QUALIFIES

Eligible applicants include:

  • agri-processors (PDF 615 KB - link to guidebook)
    • agri-food and agri-product processors
    • abattoirs
  • industry service providers (PDF 436 KB - link to guidebook)
    • food distributors
    • licensed commercial kitchens

Other eligibility requirements

  • Agri-processors should be involved in the transformation of agri-products into end products. This includes value-added activities that result in products for direct sales to consumers, or as ingredients for additional value added processing, or for cleaning or packaging of agri-products into market ready materials or goods.
  • Abattoirs are required to have a Manitoba Premises Identification Number.
  • Applicants can be from inside or outside Manitoba, as long as the activities related to the application occur in Manitoba or have a positive outcome for Manitoba.
  • Applicants must provide a copy of their business's balance sheet and income statement from the previous year.

AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE

This activity is based on two separate funding levels: 

Investment under $1 million

Investments support the growth and expansion of small to medium-sized enterprises (under 500 employees). These projects create opportunity for scaling up production and improving productivity in the sector, through the introduction of new and innovative technology, or through the addition of equipment incremental to current operations that is similar to that which is already being used, or by increasing workforce development capacity in the sector through skill development and training.

There is a cost share ratio of 25 per cent government and 75 per cent applicant, with a funding cap of $50,000 per project.

Minimum project size that will be accepted for Capital Asset and Equipment activities is $10,000, which
would be eligible for a grant up to $2,500. 

 

Investment over $1 million

Investments support major expansion projects, addressing environmental sustainability initiatives, such as wastewater treatment and meeting regulations and legislative requirements for operation in Manitoba. These projects will create increased employment opportunities in the province, both during the construction and implementation phase, as well as long-term employment. 

There is a cost share ratio of 25 per cent goverment and 75 per cent applicant on the first $100,000, then a 10 per cent government and 90 per cent applicant cost share per dollar, to a maximum contribution of $2.5 million.

Eligible costs

  • equipment that supports the transformation of raw inputs by physical or chemical means into a higher value food, beverage or agri-product 
  • equipment used for preparing, producing or packaging a product, or for package forming,
    fractionating or decorticating
  • equipment that contributes to the commercialization and adoption of new products, technologies,
    practices or processes
  • equipment that contributes to the creation of new value from waste products, by-products,
    or co‑products
  • ancillary components of eligible equipment necessary software, transportation, physical
    installation, professional installation, and training directly related to operating new equipment)
  • company-scale wastewater treatment equipment or systems

Ineligible costs

  • in-kind contributions
  • upgrades to existing plumbing or electrical systems
  • training that is not directly related to the acquisition of new equipment or technologies
  • equipment that is leased or rented, where ownership is not immediately transferred to the applicant 
  • facility constitution and upgrades 

Please refer to the Ag Action Manitoba Program Guide and to the Terms and Conditions noted in the Guide for more information:

  • agri-processors (PDF 615 KB - link to guidebook)
  • industry service providers  (PDF 436 KB - link to guidebook)

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Review the Ag Action Manitoba Program Terms and Conditions Guidebook appropriate to your client type (agri-processor or industry service provider) 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:
  3. Include a copy of the balance sheet and income statement from the previous year.
  4. 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
  5. When your application is received, Manitoba Agriculture will assess your application. Once the application is assessed, you will receive a funding decision letter.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. An audit inspection of final work may occur before or after payment is issued.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

  • The intake for processors and abattoirs with investments under $1 million is now CLOSED. We are currently NOT accepting applications for the under $1 million focus area from processors or abattoirs. Check this website regularly for posted deadline dates. Deadline date reminders are stated in our monthly newsletter.
  • Projects for agri-processors for which applicant investment is $1 million and over, applications are received on a continual basis subject to funding availability.
  • For industry service providers, whether the project is under $1 million or $1 million and over, 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 will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • project description
  • project deliverables and outcomes
  • alignment with Manitoba government objectives, such as:
    • the creation of new jobs or increased payroll value
    • incremental increases in processing value and volume
    • increased use of Manitoba agri-inputs
    • will lead to production that displaces goods imported from outside Canada
    • will lead to increased exports outside Manitoba
    • increased value or volume of production of animal proteins, plant-based proteins or dairy
    • support compliance with provincial and municipal wastewater regulations
    • lead to the creation of value from waste products, by-products or co-products
  • capital and financial capacity
  • management capacity
  • production capacity
  • market plan