SNAPP Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity Program

The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products and Productivity (SNAPP) Program supports Northern Ontario agriculture and food producers, businesses, collaborations, communities and First Nations to create new products, enhance abilities for season extension, enhance productivity, and adopt clean technology to support improved environmental performance while fostering growth.

The SNAPP Program is currently closed for applications.

In-take 1 – Approved Grants

In-take 2 – Approved Grants

In-take 3 – Approved Grants

In-take 4 – Approved Grants

In-take 5 – Approved Grants (Final In-take)

Programme de productivité et des produits agroalimentaires Innovateur du Nord – En français

Who is Eligible?

  • Eligible applicants must be a legal person with the authority to enter into a legal agreement. Examples of a legal person could include corporations or not-for-profit organizations, primary producers, processors, distributors, First Nations, Metis and Inuit.
  • Collaborations will be accepted with up to three or more collaborators. Each applicant in the collaboration must be a legal person.
  • Applicants must have at least one component of their business located in Northern Ontario, and the project activity must occur in Northern Ontario. For collaborations, at least two collaborators (legal entities) must be businesses, organizations or persons located in Northern Ontario.
  • Both start-up and existing businesses are eligible. Start-up (in first three years of operation) businesses are expected to provide a business plan with their application.

Project Activity Streams

Eligible projects may fall under the following streams:

  1. Season Extension – Projects that will enable producers to extend their production season, or to extend the seasonal availability of their perishable products through storage. Examples of potentially eligible projects include the purchase or construction of high-tunnel or other greenhouses, or the construction of cold storage facilities.
  2. New Products – Projects that enable agriculture or food producers to create primary or processed products that are new to the business. Examples of potentially eligible projects include the creation of a new ready-to-eat processed product, or the ability to produce a new farm product. Project equipment may include food or fibre processing equipment or food production equipment.
  3. Productivity Enhancement – Projects that utilize innovative technologies or processes to increase efficiencies in their operations. Project equipment may include production equipment (monitoring, variable rate technology), animal tracking (tag reading technology) meat processing equipment, food packaging equipment or food labelling equipment.
  4. *NEW* Clean Tech in Agri-Food – Projects that adopt clean technology at the farm/business level and support improved environmental performance while fostering productivity, growth and competitiveness. Eligible projects must improve environmental performance relative to standard/most commonplace technologies. Therefore, energy efficiency, remanufacturing, or productivity improvement initiatives do not necessarily include clean tech adoption/adaptation. Examples of potentially eligible projects include precision agriculture technology for irrigation and fertilization, composting and waste management, controlled environment greenhouse technology and gaining water or energy efficiencies.

What is Eligible?

All costs shall be limited to purchase that directly allow eligible project activities to occur. Used equipment is eligible. Examples of eligible costs include but are not limited to:

Food / Fibre Processing Equipment Building materials
High-tunnels or greenhouse structures Farm production equipment
Food packaging or labeling equipment Equipment delivery costs
Cold storage equipment Technology upgrades

Equipment can be defined as capital assets that the owner intends to hold and derive benefits from for a period of one year or more.

What is not Eligible?

Equipment installation or servicing Purchase or lease of lands or buildings
Rolling stock (such as vehicles including tractors, vans or trucks) Gifts or incentives
Inventory or consumables Computer software
Labour costs  HST


SNAPP assistance will be  in the form of a conditional contribution at $5,000 at 75% cost-share towards the purchase of equipment for eligible activities. Collaborations of three or more entities can be eligible for up to $15,000 at 75% cost-share towards equipment purchases.


  1. Applicant(s) will be required to attach a copy of their Articles of Incorporation, Farm Business Registration No., Master Business License, or Business Name Registration, whichever is applicable (required with application)
  2. Business start-ups (in first 3 years of operation) must submit a business plan with application form (a business plan template can be made available)
  3. A completed Client Intake Form (required once an approval is received by the applicant(s))
  4. All projects approved under this program must be completed and invoice(s) submitted to SSMIC: Intake 2 by October 31, 2018, Intake 3 by December 31, 2018, Intake 4 by August 31, 2019, Intake 5 by December 31, 2019. Approved applicants may submit ONE claim only per project.
  5. Clients are to refer to the reporting requirements stated in the application terms and conditions info sheet before applying.
  6. Applicants are eligible to submit one application per intake period. Successful applicants can receive a maximum of $10,000 in SNAPP funding throughout the entirety of the program. All approved projects must be completed and closed prior to the applicant submitting a new application

Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre c/o Rural Agri-Innovation Network
99 Foster Drive Level Six, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5X6
Fax: (705) 942-6169

Electronic copies are preferred

For more information contact:
Cathy Bouchard, Program Coordinator or call (705) 942-7927 ext. 3135

Program Support

The SNAPP Program is administrated by the Rural Agri-Innovation Network in collaboration with FedNor, Cloverbelt Local Food Co-Operative, Rethink Green and the Northeast Community Network.

Rural Agri-Innovation Network, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
Cathy Bouchard, Program Coordinator,, 705-942-7927 Ext. 3135.

Application Intake Period and Review

The following Intake Periods have been scheduled. Application forms must be submitted within the intake timelines.

Applications Accepted (closed) November 15, 2016 to February 28, 2017
Deadline to Complete Project December 31, 2017
Final Results Report Due June 30, 2018
Applications Accepted (closed) July 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017
Deadline to Complete Project October 31, 2018
Final Results Report Due April 30, 2019
Applications Accepted (closed) December 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018
Deadline to Complete Project December 31, 2018
Final Results Report Due June 30, 2019
Applications Accepted August 27th, 2018 to October 26th, 2018
Approvals sent out 2-3 weeks after Review Meeting (s)
Deadline to Complete Project August 31, 2019
Final Results Report Due December 31, 2019
Applications Accepted February 11th 2019 to March 29th 2019
Approvals sent out 2-3 weeks after Review Meeting
Deadline to Complete Project December 31, 2019
Final Results Report Due December 31, 2019

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