CAP Funding Grows for Food Manufacturing Sector


For immediate release: February 14, 2018


CAP Funding Grows for Food Manufacturing Sector

More funding for food manufacturers than in the past, says BC Food Processors Association


The rising strength of the food manufacturing sector across Canada, and especially in BC, has been reflected in the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) funding announcement.  “More value-added food manufacturing business are eligible for funding than ever before,” says BC Food Processors Association CEO James Donaldson.


“Given that food and beverage processing represent 70% of the Agrifoods sector, it’s great to see our industry rightfully acknowledged as an economic priority” added Donaldson.


“Food and beverage manufacturing thrives in BC in part due to great access to Asian and US markets. 80% of the growth reported by our members in recent years has been through developing export markets. Asia and the US are very interested in the variety and innovation that our members products offer.”


Through CAP, all levels of government will collaborate with the Agri-Food and Agri-Product sectors to drive sustainable growth, innovation and competitiveness.  CAP Funding replaces the previous funding model, Growing Forward 2 (GF2) which expires at the end of March, 2018.


It is expected that demand for funding will exceed available government resources.  “We advise our 300 + processor member companies to leverage available grants as they scale their business, and we will support them in doing so.”

The 5-year CAP program will start April 1, 2018, with a 60% Federal – 40% Provincial funding split. It will focus on three key areas:


  • growing trade and expanding markets;
  • innovative and sustainable growth of the sector; and
  • supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a $3-billion, five-year investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agricultural sector.  It includes $2 billion in federal, provincial and territorial cost-shared strategic initiatives, and $1 billion for federal activities and programs.


Program details and applications are now available online for the six federal programs: AgriMarketing, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriScience, AgriInnovate, AgriDiversity and AgriAssurance.







We encourage you to read the news release ( and backgrounder ( for more details.




For more information:  James Donaldson, TEL: 604-371-4245


The BCFPA is a not-for-profit organization representing all segments of the food, beverage and nutraceutical processing industry, and to coordinate common industry activities and resources under one umbrella. The Association represents micro, small, medium, and large processing companies in BC, and has more than 500 member companies.