Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership Announcement 2023
The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) bilateral agreement with Alberta was announced, the news release can be viewed here. The Sustainable CAP will be in effect from April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2028. The total value of the cost-shared portion of the new agreement is $2.5 billion (representing federal, provincial, and territorial dollars), up from $2 billion under the CAP Framework. The increase of $500 million represents a 25% increase of funding towards federal-provincial cost-shared programs well as the addition of a new program called the Resilient Agricultural Landscapes Program.
For more detailed information you can visit the Sustainable CAP website.
Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP)
The goal of the Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program is to increase the environmental resiliency of agricultural landscapes by accelerating the adoption of Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) that maximize the provision of Ecological Goods & Services (EG&S), such as carbon sequestration, improved water quality and biodiversity enhancement. Funding is offered on a per-acre payment basis for a term of three years. Funding of up to $150,000 for Primary Producers, and up to $300,000 for Indigenous applicants or groups such as Grazing Reserve Associations and Community Pastures is available for select BMP projects. The Program opens for applications on April 3, 2023. To review the BMP funding list and other program details, visit www.alberta.ca/resilient-agricultural-landscape-program.aspx
Farm Technology Program (FTP)
The Farm Technology Program supports the adoption of innovative technology that minimizes agricultural waste, optimizes farm efficiency, or improves the security of farming operations. Funding of up to $48,000/applicant is available for items that fall under the Farm Technology Stream, and up to $2,000/applicant for items in the Farm Security Stream. Program funding is retroactive to April 1, 2023. To review the funding list and other program details, visit www.alberta.ca/farm-technology-program.aspx
Efficient Grain Handling Program (EGHP)
The Efficient Grain Handling Program funds grain handling equipment that shows a significant energy efficiency improvement over standard practice. Funding of up to $100,000/applicant is available for approved projects. Program funding is retroactive to April 1, 2023. To review the funding list and other program details, visit www.alberta.ca/efficient-grain-handling-program.aspx