OAFT Programs & Services

Rapid Response to Business Opportunities Program*

Please note, these programs are designed to provide benefit to the “business of agriculture” in Ontario.

This program will provide up to $10,000 to cover direct costs for sales meetings (including client travel to your facility) concerning innovative agricultural products and services from Ontario. We will make a decision within two business days.

  • Applications must demonstrate innovation in agri-tech and benefit to Ontario agriculture to be eligible
  • Applicant must be able to demonstrate pre-arranged meetings with potential buyers
  • The program does not cover consultants, sales agents, product/brand representatives, trading houses, tradeshows and exploratory marketing/prospecting (there must be prior contact)

Contact [email protected] for further information.

 Rapid Response to Research Needs Program*

*NOTE* As of June 2018, this program is at capacity. We are working to open new funding opportunities for this program. Watch this space!

This program will provide up to $20,000 to a company to help solve small research hurdles or product standards testing.  We will make a decision within two business days.

  • Applications must demonstrate innovation in agri-tech and benefit to Ontario agriculture to be eligible
  • This must be a 50/50 cost sharing
  • We respect confidentiality, but require a progress report along with receipts
  • We will not accept in-kind matching dollars (i.e. employee salaries)

Contact [email protected] for further information.

*These programs are supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

Member-to-Member Program

OAFT will provide up to $10,000 for projects that any two OAFT member organizations deem worthwhile and can benefit Ontario agriculture.

Capacity Building Program

Small to mid-sized companies often have great difficulty in attracting research and development or capital assistance dollars from government programs and investors.  OAFT will provide the services of a professional writing team free of charge (to a maximum of $10,000).  Any company or organization shall simply send an email to [email protected] outlining what they wish to accomplish.  We will make a decision within two business days and contact the applicant as to investing in the writing of the project and the appropriate funding they should require.  We will also line-up letters of support for the proposal.

  • Company or organization must be willing to invest 30% minimum of project costs
  • Value to agriculture in Ontario will be a key
  • Note – OAFT  is not reimbursed if the project is successful
  • Contact [email protected]

Game Changers in Agriculture Video Series

Please visit OAFT Videos to see some of the innovative companies we work with.

Provincial Programs

Agricultural Adaptation Council


Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation


Rural Economic Development (RED) Program


Federal Programs

Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Council (CAAP)


Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)


Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada – Going Global Innovation (GGI)


National Research Council of Canada – Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)