FoodShift Program Now Open in Canada
FoodShift invites organizations based in Ontario operating in the food and beverage processing sector to lead clean technology adoption projects.
This program will provide non-repayable funding for Clean Technology adoption ($1.5 million) to food and beverage processors based in Ontario to subsidize the cost of adopting and integrating new clean technologies into their operations. Program recipients will be selected through an open call for applications and will enter into a Contribution Agreement with Bioenterprise.
The primary objectives of the FoodShift program are to:
De-risk the adoption and integration of clean, or net-zero, technologies in Ontario;
Support the transition to a green economy and reduce the sector’s carbon footprint;
Enhance competitiveness of the food and beverage processing and clean technology sectors; and
Create and maintain jobs.
The total funding available through the FoodShift program is $1.5 million from June 2022 through to March 2024.
Applicants can request up to 50% of the eligible project’s total budget (eligible project costs), up to $50,000. Non-repayable contributions must be matched 1:1 by the applicant.
Applicants must demonstrate available sources of capital to deliver on all project activities.
Bioenterprise, at its sole discretion will:
Determine the amount of funding approved per project; and
Assess and evaluate the applicant’s financial resources available to complete the eligible project.
Eligible Projects are those that support the adoption and integration of new clean technologies into the applicant’s operations to transition towards a net-zero future. This funding could be used to cover advisory, acquisition, and commissioning costs related to the new technology. The project must be conducted in collaboration with an eligible clean technology provider.
Three scenarios that may lead to an eligible project include:
Food and beverage processors ready to adopt and integrate a clean technology with an identified clean technology provider.
Food and beverage processers with an identified clean technology need, but no established provider.
Proven clean technology providers looking for an adopter in the food and beverage processing sector.
Applicant must be:
Operating in the food and beverage processing sector;
A for-profit private sector enterprise or not-for-profit corporation ready to adopt and integrate proven clean technologies into their operations;
Generating a minimum of $1 million in annual revenues; and
Incorporated in Canada and located in Ontario.
Clean technology provider must be:
A for-profit private sector enterprise or not-for-profit corporation with a proven clean technology application that will satisfy the need of an eligible applicant;
Technologies must be at or beyond Technology Readiness Level 8 (TRL-8+) stage of development; and
Technologies must help food & beverage processors embrace automation in their facilities, reduce waste and energy consumption, significantly reduce their carbon footprint, and transition towards a net-zero future.
The applicant must be the organization operating in the food and beverage processing sector;
The applicant must declare other government sources of funds received within the 12- month period prior to the application process;
Stacking of government funding programs are subject to review and approval;
Applicants may submit more than one application if multiple projects exist however, only one project will be approved per applicant throughout the duration of the FoodShift program; and
Clean technology providers may be involved in multiple projects.
For more information, visit https://bioenterprise.ca/programs/foodshift-program/