Business Development Program: Self Assessment

The GF2 funding for this sub-Program is now fully committed for the 2017/2018 fiscal year.

Contact the Program Administrator for additional information.

The Self Assessment Program has 3 purposes:

  1. to encourage Prince Edward Island farmers to assess their current farm management practices and skills
  2. to build on the strengths they have identified
  3. to develop and implement sound business management practices and Action Plans.

What is the Self Assessment process?

Applicants will:

  • have the opportunity to attend a self-assessment workshop or complete the online version,
  • complete a self assessment workbook and identify goals to develop an Action Plan, and
  • have access to a maximum of three hours of one-on-one time with a facilitator to further refine the identified goals and approve the Action Plan.

Self-assessment and goal-setting will be carried out in eight core areas:  production, marketing, financial management, human resources, social responsibility, succession planning, business structure, and business goals.

Who is eligible?

Agricultural producers

Note: Applicants, who have previously completed an Action Plan  will have the opportunity to attend the workshop or complete the online version, update their self assessment workbook, and update or re-develop an Action Plan with a facilitator.

What funding assistance is available?

  • Workshops will be organized by the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries at no cost to applicants.  All resources will be provided.
  • Follow-up facilitator services will be provided for  up to 3 hours with the applicant.
  • Applicants with an approved Action Plan may be eligible for a greater rate of cost-sharing when accessing other Business Development ProgramsNote: A separate application is required for this program.

Eligibility of all expenses is at the discretion of the Business Development Program Evaluation Committee.

What is not eligible for assistance?

  • Capital items and operating expenses
  • Applicants receiving Business Risk Management assistance through the Future Farmer Program of the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the same year.
  • Applicants who completed an approved Action Plan under Growing Forward I 

How do I apply?

  1. Register by contacting the Program Lead
  2. Attend the workshop or complete the online version.
  3. Complete self-assessment workbook / online version.
  4. Meet with a facilitator to complete an Action Plan
  5. Within 24 months of attending the self-assessment workshop submit a claim form for the implementation funding to the Program Lead.

How do I claim the implementation funding?

To be reimbursed, submit a claim form to the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries with invoices and proof of payment.  

To register for a workshop or to claim implementation dollars, contact:

Suzanne MacNeill, Program Lead
Business Development Program
Phone: 902-859-0004
Email: slmacneil@gov.pe.ca

General Inquiries:
Agriculture Information Desk
PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries 
Toll-free:  1-800-734-3276
Tel: 902-368-4145
Email: peiextension@gov.pe.ca 

When does the program end?

This program is effective April 1, 2013 and will terminate on March 31, 2018.  This program may be altered or discontinued without notice by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Published date: 
June 20, 2017
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General Inquiries

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
PO Box 1180
548 Main Street
Montague, PE   C0A 1R0
Phone: (902) 838-0910
Fax: (902) 838-0975

Agriculture Information Desk
1-866-PEI FARM (734-3276)

peiextension@gov.pe.ca