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Please note: the CAAP program ended as of March 31, 2014.

About Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP)

Program Description

The Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) was developed as the successor to the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) Program, which expired on March 31, 2009. The program was developed based on ongoing feedback from the agriculture and agri-food sector and in response to issues noted in the ACAAF Summative Evaluation.

CAAP is designed to have a broad scope and a forward looking orientation. It has a focus unlike most programs developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in that: it is industry-led; it has flexibility to respond to small or large project proposals; it is delivered at the national, regional, and multi-regional levels; and it includes agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based businesses.

CAAP was established to support the future success and prosperity of the Canadian agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector. Funded by taxpayer money and delivered at the national level by federal public servants and at the regional and multi-regional levels by Industry Council partners, CAAP and its Industry Council partners are obliged to ensure that it serves and benefits Canadians, and that it is accountable to citizens and Parliament. CAAP fulfills these obligations through four management principles: a focus on citizen-centered service delivery, a commitment to the highest public service values and equivalent partner values, an attention to results, and a mandate to spend public resources responsibly.

As in ACAAF, CAAP will continue to align with the Government of Canada's priorities. Its objective is to facilitate the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector's ability to seize opportunities, to respond to new and emerging issues and to pathfind and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to help the sector adapt and remain competitive.

CAAP will fund projects identified by the sector that align with priorities identified by industry and government at the national, regional and multi-regional levels.

CAAP Objectives

In order to help the sector adapt and remain competitive, CAAP will be guided by the following objectives:

  • Facilitate the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector's ability to seize opportunities.

  • Respond to new and emerging issues and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues.

CAAP Principles

Funding is conditional on projects meeting the program's objectives and the following program principles. Projects must:

  • Be consistent with Government of Canada policy directions including innovation, competitiveness, accountability and sustainable development.

  • Fit within the mandate of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as defined under the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Act.

  • Demonstrate clearly the benefits to Canada's agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector and to Canadians.

  • Be consistent with Canada's international trade commitments and minimize the exposure to countervail.

  • Respect the need for equity among regions and stakeholders.

  • Exclude those areas that are solely within provincial and territorial jurisdictions.

  • Not replace funding from other federal, provincial, or territorial programs or other sources.

  • Maximize an appropriate cash contribution from industry.

General CAAP Criteria

Funding is conditional on projects adhering to the program's principles and the following program criteria:

  • Projects must seize opportunities, respond to new and emerging issues or pathfind or pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues to help the sector adapt and remain competitive.

  • Project proposals must clearly demonstrate the potential for economic viability and longer-term self-sufficiency where the nature of the project warrants.

  • Funding is project-based and will be provided for a limited period.

  • Funding will not be provided for activities intended to directly influence/lobby any level of government.

  • Funding will not be provided for advertisement, promotion and/or awareness activities that brand one region, commodity and/or product over another.

  • Funding will not be used as direct income support.

  • Funding will not be provided for ongoing activities, normal operations of organizations/businesses nor normal commercial expansion.

  • Funding will not be provided for basic research. *

  • Funding is conditional on Eligible Recipients meeting all program requirements, performance management and audit requirements.

  • Basic research means experimental or theoretical work which is undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge without a commercial or other specific application in view.

See reports for examples of past (ACAAF) and current CAAP projects.