Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

June 30, 2005 13:20 ET

Minister Mitchell Invites Requests for Proposals for National ACAAF Initiatives

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 30, 2005) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell today invited national agriculture and agri-food organizations, commodity groups and enterprises to submit proposals for national-level initiatives under the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) Program.

"I am pleased to cast yet another invitation to sector leaders and entrepreneurs across Canada to submit their ACAAF proposals and add to the varied selection of truly innovative projects that ACAAF is already supporting," Minister Mitchell said. "Such value-added projects will add to the sector's profitability and help diversify the agricultural and agri-food industry."

Traditionally, the national ACAAF project proposals provided two opportunities per year for applicants to apply. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has changed the application submissions process to an open application process for ACAAF funding for all future applicants. This new approach eliminates submission deadlines. All applications will be considered as they are received, and move through the approval process at their own pace.

The ACAAF program is a five-year, $240-million program, aimed at assisting the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector to work more cooperatively and determining innovative solutions that will help the sector move forward and prosper. To date, 63 projects for national initiatives have been approved for over $18.5 million in federal funding from the ACAAF program since it was launched in April 2004.

For further details on how to apply as well as downloadable application forms, visit ACAAF's Web site at www.agr.gc.ca/acaaf.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    (613) 759-7972 or 1 (866) 345-7972
    or
    Minister's Office, Ottawa
    Elizabeth Whiting
    (613) 759-1059