BC On-Farm Technology Adoption Program
The BC On-Farm Technology Adoption Program provides cost-shared funding to eligible participants to adopt new technologies on-farm that will enhance profitability, productivity, and/or efficiency.
Led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and delivered through Innovate BC, the program is funded under the Sustainable Canadian Agriculture Partnership, a five year (2023-2028) federal-provincial-territorial initiative to strengthen the competitiveness, innovation, and resiliency of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector.
How Does It Work?
This BC On-Farm Technology Adoption Program aims to strengthen B.C.’s agriculture sector through supporting farmers in the adoption of new technologies on-farm.
What is considered 'new' technology? A technology can be considered new if it is new to Canada, new to B.C., new to a region, new to industry, or new to an applicant. New technology could include, but is not limited to, a newly created technology that differs significantly from existing technologies in-use, an existing technology that is modified to meet different requirements, or an existing technology that is implemented in different situations. As well, these technologies or equipment must be new to the applicant, viable and commercialized (TRL level 9). This would include technologies that are readily commercially available, and/or have been successfully tested and proven to work in its final form or iteration under real-life and operational conditions.
Applicants for all technology categories will be required to submit a funding application through the application portal during the call period. All applicants will be required to provide:
- Annual organization revenues from the previous two years, specifically from the production of (e.g., farm, grow, raise) primary B.C. agriculture commodities (e.g., fruit, vegetables, grains, livestock, etc). Organization revenues related to other activities must not be included;
- Confirmation of quote(s) to substantiate the funding request amount; and
- Confirmation of a proposed delivery date for the items to be purchased.
Adjudication and Assessment
Submitted applications will be received and reviewed by Innovate BC. All applications received will be evaluated based only on the information submitted and will not be considered if they do not meet application eligibility criteria or are incomplete.
Applications submitted for 'Category A: Automation, Robotics, and Innovative On-Farm Growing, Packing or Storage Technologies' will be reviewed to ensure they meet basic eligibility criteria and will be further assessed against criteria set out by the Ministry to allocate available cost share funding to projects best aligned with the Program objectives. Applications will be assessed based on their impact on productivity, efficiency and/or profitability and the type of technology/innovation being purchased (with a higher emphasis on applications that will result in technologies/innovations being purchased and installed that are entirely new to B.C. and/or a specific commodity sector), as well as the project budget and timeline.
Applications submitted for 'Category B: Farm Business Management Technologies' will be reviewed to ensure they meet basic eligibility criteria and then funded on a first-come, first-served basis.
If an application is approved, the Applicant will be informed of the details of the decision and any associated terms and conditions via email within a target 3-4 week period post-call close for 'Category A: Automation, Robotics, and Innovative On-Farm Growing, Packing or Storage Technologies' applications, and a target 2 weeks of submission for 'Category B: Farm Business Management Technologies' applications. The Applicant will then be invited to enter into a Funding Agreement with Innovate BC which outlines the obligations of each party for the approved project.
If an application is not approved, the Applicant will be notified of the decision by email and will be provided an opportunity for additional feedback should they wish to request it.
PROJECT AWARD & OUTCOMES REPORTING
Contracting and Awards
Applicants with an approved funding request will be invited to enter into a Funding Agreement with Innovate BC; no funding will be released without the successful execution of a Funding Agreement. After execution, amendments to a project, its corresponding activities, or budget are generally not possible. Innovate BC reserves the right to review Funding Agreements on a case-by-case basis in extenuating circumstances without obligation to agree to proceed with modifications or amendments.
Funding is provided on a reimbursement basis for eligible expenses incurred, subject to submission of expense claims including invoices and proof of payment for the technology purchase, and photographic confirmation the technology has been received on location. For this funding call, confirmation of purchase and delivery of the technology will be required by no later than March 20, 2024. Payments will be issued within the following 3-4 weeks.
Applicants will be required to complete a progress and outcomes survey within the following 12 months. This survey will gather important information regarding technology performance, with specific interest around changes in productivity, efficiency and/or profitability to help inform the Ministry and the sector about how and what technologies support the efficiency, productivity, or profitability of farms in B.C.
- Strengthen B.C.’s agriculture sector through supporting the adoption of new technologies on-farm
- Provide cost-shared funding to eligible participants to adopt new technologies on-farm that will enhance their profitability, productivity, and efficiency.