Agriculture Major Projects Fund

This program is not currently accepting applications


The objective of the Major Project Fund is to respond to business and industry requests for increased financial supports for large-scale development on established and growing farm businesses.

Who Can Apply?


  • Must be operating within NWT.
  • Must be recognized as a legal entity capable of entering into a contractual agreement (registered business in the NWT).
  • Must currently be an agricultural producer, processor or retailer (business license and proof of sales).
  • Must be a farm or processing facility with commercial sales in excess of $10,000 for at least 2 consecutive years.
  • Family members from the same farm, company, corporation or partnership shall be eligible as one individual and not as separate recipients.

Producer or Processor Organizations

  • Must be a group of three or more producers/ processors operating an agricultural, agrifood or agri-based products business in the NWT.
  • Cooperatives must be registered in NWT.
  • Must have proof of operation for at least 2 consecutive years. 

Program Structure and Priority Areas

The program falls under the existing Canadian Agriculture Partnership (the Partnership) and will adhere to the priorities and program areas found in the Partnership guidelines. The program will accept applications for major agriculture projects in excess of $100,000 to a maximum of $200,000. All projects funded under the Partnership must address at least one of the following  outcomes:

  • Increase competitiveness, productivity or profitability;
  • Increase environmental sustainability;
  • Expand domestic and international markets; and
  • Improve the anticipation, mitigation and response to risks

Applicants may apply under more than one program area (details on each program are found in the Partnership guidelines).

  • Market Development Program
  • Agriculture Training Program
  • Agriculture and Food Processing Development Program
  • Agriculture and Agri-food Research Program
  • Food Safety Program
  • Agriculture and the Environment Program
  • Agriculture Awareness Program

Equity Requirement

All applicants must contribute minimum cash equity of 10%. This may not include sweat equity or in-kind contributions.

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses are listed by program area in the found in the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Guidelines.

Ineligible Expenses

The following activities/costs are not eligible under the Canadian Agricultural


  • Normal and on-going operating and maintenance costs incurred by recipients.
  • Use of funding to subsidize purchase of common items that can be used
  • for multiple purposes (e.g. digital cameras, GPS, smartphones,
  • measuring tapes, etc.).
  • Activities that do not provide direct benefit to the sector.
  • Activities related to aquaponic food production, and to aquaculture, seaweed, fish and seafood production.
  • Tax credits or rebates, such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • Development and enforcement of regulations.
  • Reimbursement of in-kind contributions.
  • Purchase of land

Application Requirements

Applicants are required to complete:

An application form including;

  • A one-page project description;
  • Relevant supporting documents which may include, but not be limited to:
    • Financial statements
    • Business plans
    • Quotes (e.g. goods)

Application Process

Applications will be accepted from October 19 -November 9, 2020. The review period will be completed by November 16, 2020 with notifications (both successful and unsuccessful) delivered on November 18, 2020. 

Application forms are found online, or may be obtained through your local Economic Development Officer. Applicants should submit a completed application form and relevant supplementary information to