Government of Canada's Dairy Farm Investment Program Phase II

  From the December 10, 2018 issue of Agri-News
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 The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, has announced that starting January 7, 2019, requests for funding will be accepted under the second and final phase of the $250-million Dairy Farm Investment Program. Dairy farmers will have until February 8, 2019, to apply for Phase II funding, valued at $98 million. The program will now have a two-stage application process involving a pre-selection step, which, if an applicant is selected, will be followed by the submission of a full application. This new process will give all applicants an equal opportunity of being selected for funding. Projects will be eligible for a contribution of up to $100,000. Between 1,000 - 1,500 projects are expected to be funded in Phase II. A number of changes to Phase II of the Dairy Farm Investment Program were developed following consultations with industry and feedback from farmers.

The Dairy Farm Investment Program, originally launched in August 2017, aims to help Canadian cow’s milk producers improve productivity through upgrades to their barn technology and equipment. Of the 11,000 dairy farms in Canada, over 2,500 applied to the program under Phase I. Over 1,900 projects were funded, with an average of over $68,000 per project. Approximately 75 per cent of applicants were approved for funding. Projects received funding for upgrades such as automatic feeding systems, robotic milking systems, and herd management equipment.

Quick Facts
  • The Dairy Farm Investment Program is a $250 million, five-year federal investment, launched in August 2017. The program is designed to support the productivity and the competitiveness of dairy farmers through targeted contributions, and help the sector adapt to the anticipated impacts from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
  • There will be a two-step application process for phase II. First, applicants will have five weeks to submit a request for funding. Applicants will be selected at random from this process and invited to submit a full application form. This new process replaces the first come, first served process used for applications during phase I of the program.
  • Eligible expenditures remain the same as Phase I.
  • Based on demand, the program will strive to support investments in all provinces over the five-year life of the program, approximately in proportion to their share of the total milk quota.
  • In order to ensure as many farms as possible are able to benefit from this initiative, for the second intake period of the program, priority will be given to farms that have not already received funding.
Associated links Contact:
Katie Hawkins
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

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