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Applications for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program (FACTAP) being accepted

What is FACTAP?

Now extended for an additional two years (2021-23), at $5.0 million per year, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program is a national contribution program providing financial assistance to Canada’s fisheries and aquaculture industries to improve their environmental performance.

The program offers funding to assist eligible participants to incorporate existing clean (green) technologies, processes and sustainable practices into their day-to-day operations. The extended program now also includes financial assistance to pilot-test late-stage innovative technologies and/or process technologies in Canada’s aquaculture sector. Applications are now being accepted as long as annual funds remain — you can apply at any time.

Covered Costs

FACTAP provides funding for up to 75% of eligible project costs. All project proposals submitted for consideration must also include:

  • a minimum of 10% cash financial commitment by the applicant; and
  • a confirmed source for the remaining 15% of the project funds which can be provided by either the applicant, another federal department or agency, provincial or territorial government, municipal government or a non-government supporter of the project.

Who May Apply

To be eligible, you must be currently active in, or support activities related to, the fish and seafood sectors, including; wild capture fisheries, aquaculture and/or processing of fisheries products.

You must also be one of the following: a commercial enterprise (e.g., company or individual), an Indigenous organization, or an industry or professional association.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include the adoption of market-ready clean technologies, processes or practices, such as protocols or harvesting techniques, aimed at improving the day-to-day environmental performance of wild capture harvesting, aquaculture facilities or fisheries processing in Canada.

The following activities are ineligible under the program: early-stage research and development; new company start-ups; existing company expansions; capital purchases not directly associated with the clean technology to be acquired, such as buildings and rolling stock; facilities improvements not tied to the adoption of clean technologies; or projects that only use fish as part of their production process but aren’t the primary product resulting from their operation.

Contributions are targeted to small and medium-sized enterprises with a focus on short term timelines (e.g. 1 – 2 yrs.). Some larger projects may be considered depending on their potential benefits and the contribution levels of partners.

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