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Canada’s On-Farm Climate Action Fund

What you need to know

What it is

The On-Farm Climate Action Fund is a provision introduced by the Federal Government in the 2021 budget. According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the purpose of the $200 million fund is to help farmers tackle climate change through beneficial management practices (BMP’s) that help store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases — these include nitrogen management, cover cropping, and rotational grazing practices.

The funds are being delivered through 12 organizations, a full list of which can be found here.

How to apply

Each organization is at a different stage in the process, with some already providing application forms, while others have not. The maximum funding for each farm overlaps between the organizations, which is creating some confusion about the specifics of applying. However, being aware of these programs early and assessing your own eligibility will give you an advantage, because these funds will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

If you’re feeling anxiety about the complexity of the process, the good news is you don’t need to manage it alone. The skilled advisors on MNP’s Farm Management Consulting team can help you:

  • Determine your eligibility
  • Identify farming activities that fall under the scope of the BMP’s
  • Increase the chances of your application being accepted
  • Maximize the dollar amount of funding you receive