Responsive Advancement for Meat Processing (RAMP) Program

The Responsive Advancement for Meat Processing (RAMP) Program is for northern Ontario abattoirs and free-standing meat processing plants.  RAMP is a comprehensive approach to the sector that provides advisory support, expert consulting, and funding for eligible projects. The RAMP Program is in response to the continuing high demand from consumers and farmers for locally sourced meat.  

The RAMP Program will provide up to $25,000 at 75% cost-share towards the purchase of new technologies, equipment and/or materials that will result in the growth and diversity of the meat sector supply chain within the agri-food sector in the region.  Participation in the program’s initiatives (productivity assessments and management training) is strongly encouraged for funding recipients.

RAMP strives to:

  • Stimulate the development and expansion of the meat processing sector in northern Ontario. 
  • Address challenges brought on by the increase in demand for local food in northern Ontario, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Encourage the adoption of clean technologies to increase resource efficiency while reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Promote the adaptation of new technologies to modernize operations while expanding capacity and increase efficiencies to improve productivity.
  • Promote new value-added processing and innovative production and processing practices that increase scalability, profitability, and competitiveness. 

How does my business participate?

Contact David Thompson – or 705-942-7927 x3027 to discuss how your business would benefit from this program. After a period of project assessment, we will guide your business through the process that includes management training, productivity assessments and the capital funding program. We will make sure you receive information on program opportunities and will follow up with your interest in additional activities like productivity assessments and management training.

Funding Program Guidelines

Eligible Applicants

  • Provincially or federally inspected abattoirs and free-standing meat processing plants located in Northern Ontario.
  • Both start-up and existing businesses are eligible. Start-up businesses are expected to provide a business plan.

Eligible Activities could include:

  • Projects that enable the establishment of new commercial processing facilities. – (i.e., building materials, processing equipment)
  • Projects that help business reduce ecological impact, adopt clean technologies or and/or focus on waste reduction. (i.e., waste reduction technology, water usage reduction, energy efficiencies with cooling)
  • Projects to enable meat processors to create new value-added products to increase markets (i.e., vacuum packing equipment, packaging equipment).
  • Equipment to increase automation or increase efficiencies in meat processing. (i.e., walk-in freezers, efficient hanging and storage equipment, grinders, meat slicers).
  • Projects that enable efficient and safe distribution systems to improve productivity. (i.e., crates, trailers, cold storage).
  • Projects that address communication and tracking needs (i.e., updated tracking systems)
  • Equipment or infrastructure to address modernization of plants according to regulations. (i.e., barriers, food safety equipment)

Eligible Costs

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

Meat processing equipment
Animal handling equipment
Food packaging or labelling equipment
Cold storage equipment
Waste management equipment  
Building materials
Equipment Delivery Costs
Technology upgrades
Telecommunication Equipment
Equipment to enhance communications  

Ineligible Costs

Rolling stock (definition attached)
Labour costs
Consumables (any non-permanent equipment, products or structures that cannot be used for multiple years)
Purchase or lease of lands or buildings
Gifts or incentives
Any ongoing operating costs associated with carrying out business
Leased equipment (not owned by applicant)    

Other Program Requirements

  1. Applicant(s) will be required to attach a copy of their Articles of Incorporation.
  2. Business start-ups (in first 2 years of operation) must submit a business plan with application form (a business plan template can be made available).
  3. Businesses in start-up phase must provide proof of registration and license to operate a provincial meat plant.
  4. Successful applicants must pay an administration fee that will be calculated as 1.5% of the awarded grant amount before grant funding is remitted.
  5. Project cost eligibility will occur between Apr 1, 2022, and Dec 31, 2023.
  6. Each recipient is eligible for a maximum of $25,000 in funding through the RAMP Program
  7. Projects that would receive other federal or provincial funding need to adhere to stacking limits of those programs and the RAMP Program
  8. A completed Client Intake Form
  9. Projects approved under this program must be completed and invoice(s) and proof of payment(s) submitted to SSMIC by December 31, 2023.  Once invoices and proof of payments are received in full, a contract will be sent for review and signature.  A signed contract is required to receive the approved grant. Once the purchase(s) is completed, and all required documentation has been received, the recipient will be granted 95% of the approved funding. Approved applicants may submit ONE claim only per project.
  10. A completed Final Results Report will be due (December 31, 2023).  The final 5% of funding will be remitted after this report is submitted.
  11. Clients are to refer to the reporting requirements stated in the application terms and conditions info sheet.

For more information:

Contact David or 705-942-7927 x3027

Download the RAMP Guidelines (EN / FR) PDF

Download the RAMP Funding Application PDF

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