The Agri-Food ‘Open for E-Business Targeted Intake’ was well received with the Governments of Canada and Ontario supporting the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sectors to capture online e-business opportunities to help create new, expanded or enhanced markets and open new retail channels to help generate new revenue streams for future growth.
The Agri-Food ‘Open for E-Business’ targeted intake was designed to increase online sales in the sector and provide consumers with access to more local food.
This targeted application intake features two funding streams:
- Bring Your Business Online: Provided a grant of up to $5,000 to eligible organizations/businesses to help establish an online presence.
- Develop Online Business Opportunities: Provided cost-share funding for up to 90 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $75,000 to develop e-business opportunities on a larger scale.
Eligible agriculture, agri-food and agri-products businesses/organizations (such as farmers, processors, individual farmers markets, on-farm markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries and agricultural associations) that are looking to bring their business online quickly could apply to receive a grant of up to $5,000 in order to capture business opportunities and address marketing challenges through a new, expanded or enhanced online e-business and marketing presence. Funding under this stream was to be quick and responsive for those needing immediate solutions.