September Update
BC Agrifood & Seafood Market Development Program

Program Announced

The BC Agrifood & Seafood Market Development Program has been announced! The Program will help farmers, agri-food/seafood processors, co-ops and associations identify, assess, target and develop market opportunities to increase sales outside of B.C. More info. To get a more in-depth understanding of the program, sign up for the free webinar below.

Free Webinar
If you’re an agriculture/agrifood or seafood producer/processor, sign up for this seminar and learn how you can receive the funding you need to grow beyond our province.
This seminar will help you:
  • Learn about the provincial and federal options for export-related funding for agrifood businesses
  • Understand who can apply and which program may be suitable
  • Identify key trade shows around the world, including Canada’s seven flagship Canada Pavilion shows
  • Become familiar with the application forms and processes for funding
BC Government and Funding and Education

Farm Adaptation Innovator Program (FAIP)
Round 1 of FAIP is now accepting Expressions of Interest until October 12, 2018.

The P rogram  seeks to build adaptive capacity and encourage the adoption of effective farm practices to help mitigate impacts related to climate change by supporting projects that:
  • Promote innovation in farm practices, approaches and technologies that support climate change adaptation
  • Demonstrate farm practices that reduce weather related production risks, and identify new production opportunities
  • Develop informational and knowledge sharing resources and support increased sector capacity to support adaptation


Strategic Outreach Initiative
Strategic Outreach Initiative (SOI)funding is targeted at industry activities identified by Ministry of Agriculture staff as contributing to and improving the competitiveness, innovation and resilience of B.C.’s agriculture and agrifoods sector. The funding is intended to facilitate knowledge and technical transfer and strategically support B.C.’s producers and processors to innovate and adapt to changing environmental, production, and market conditions

The upcoming fall committee meeting dates are September 6th, October 10th and November 14 th   Applications should be submitted at least 2 months in advance of event. Downlaod the application here .
Upcoming Workshops

Food Safety Workshop with FoodMetrics Lab
October 19, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, 407 5th St .
FoodMetrics Laboratory in Courtenay, the first community food analysis lab of its type in western Canada, is opening its doors for an open house and food analysis workshop on October 19th. Join us from 4pm-6pm to learn about the importance of analysis in food safety and the role FoodMetrics will play in the food and agricultural industry of the Comox Valley. This free forum will feature discussions and hands-on demonstrations.
Comox Valley Economic Development
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