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Creating jobs by investing in Alberta agriculture

Edmonton, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Alberta’s government has streamlined its Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) grant process to make it easier for producers to access grants.

Changes include a simplified grant application process that will allow applicants to receive their money faster, enabling companies to more easily create jobs and inject more money into the province’s economy. Funding for the five-year, $406-million partnership remains unchanged.

This year, Alberta’s CAP funding will focus on investment in agriculture and food processing. Through these changes, the program will encourage innovation and technological advancement on farms and throughout the entire food supply chain.

In 2020-21, the program awarded 989 grants that aim to help farmers and businesses grow and innovate. It is estimated that these grants have led to more than $150 million in investment and the creation of more than 750 jobs in the agriculture and agri-food processing sector.

Alberta’s nine programs will be organized under three themes: Growth and Value-Added, Farm Efficiency and Public Trust.
New programs will start to rollout in summer 2021. Program information will be posted on Alberta’s Canadian Agricultural Partnership website.

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