Traceability Pilot Project Program 2016-2017

Grants to Nova Scotia Food Production Businesses and
Organizations to Improve Supply Chain Transparency

GrantWatch ID#: 174377
Agency Type:


Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Nova Scotia agriculture and aquaculture businesses, industry associations, and commodity groups to implement systems and technology to improve product traceability. Projects may involve the introduction of enhancement of traceability systems in livestock, crop, or aquaculture production. Projects will be tied to allied sectors such as slaughter, seafood harvesting, processing facilities, exhibition sites, markets, sales and distribution facilities, and transporters.

The objectives of the program are to encourage the implementation of traceability activities and technology in order to meet requirements for regulations or quality programs, or to enhance market access opportunities.

Over the five years Growing Forward 2 and Homegrown Success programs will focus on three thematic areas:

1) Innovation
2) Competitiveness and Market Development
3) Adaptability and Industry Capacity

Eligible Project Costs:
-Cost of traceability-related equipment and technology, including approved readers, software and hardware;
-Contracted labor and associated technical and trade services;
-Shipping, transportation and installation of eligible equipment and technologies;
-Costs directly related to infrastructure planning for eligible activities, including architectural plans, design costs, permits and licenses;
-Costs for modifications to existing infrastructure to facilitate and enhance traceability capabilities; and
-Short-term training related to the implementation of traceability equipment and technologies.

Up to $50,000.

All claims must be submitted on or before March 1, 2017.

Eligible applicants include:
-Provincial agriculture commodity groups,
-Accredited fish harvesting groups/associations, and
-Private or public businesses with written support of a commodity group or association, including licensed fish buying and processing facilities and associations and licensed aquaculturalists and aquaculture associations.

Eligible applicants must:

-Have a Premises Identification (PID) number issued by the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture:

-Demonstrate how proposed expenditures will support traceability initiatives.

Note: Other high-risk, high through-put, livestock commingling facilities may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants previously funded under the Traceability Pilots program are ineligible for further funding.

Ineligible costs include but are not limited to:
-Items or activities that do not serve to implement or enhance traceability;
-Computers, mobile phones and tablets;
-Any costs incurred before April 1, 2016;
-Normal operating expenses;
-Project administration fees; and
-Refundable HST.

Those considering this funding program are encouraged to communicate with the Department contact to discuss the proposed project scope and costs, and to request a program application.

Applications will be accepted any time after June 1, 2016 until December 31, 2016, or until funding for the program has been exhausted. The program could close at any time. Early closure of the program for application submission will be reported on the Department of Agriculture website.

The maximum amount of funding for all projects will be 75% of all eligible project costs to a maximum of $50,000.

All claims must be submitted on or before March 1, 2017. Multiple claims can be submitted anytime up to the final claim date. Claim forms are to be completed and submitted to the Programs and Business Risk Management (PBRM) office no later than March 1, 2017. Late claims will not be processed.

Include copies of all invoices with proof of payment (e.g. cancelled cheques, credit card statements, debit slips or other official invoices marked paid and signed by the supplier) to support expenditures for eligible items.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact for Agriculture projects:

Dawn Miller
P: 902-890-3377
F: 902-893-0244

Department of Agriculture
Agriculture Protection
PO Box 890
Harlow Institute
Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N 5G6

Contact for Fisheries and Aquaculture projects:

Michelle Blinn
P: 902-638-2020
F : 902-638-2389

Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Marine and Coastal Division
173 Haida Street
Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, B0S 1H0

Submit Applications to:

Department of Agriculture
Programs and Business Risk Management Division
60 Research Dr., Suite A
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2

Phone: 902-893-6377 or
Toll-Free: 1-866-844-4276
Fax: 902-893-7579

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