Business Development Program: Training and Organizational Development

The Training and Organizational Development Subprogram has two purposes:

  • to provide assistance for group training to farmers
  • to strengthen farm organizations through funding for strategic planning and training.

This sub-program has three categories:

  • Group Training for Farmers
    Encourage Prince Edward Island farmers to investigate, understand and utilize improved business practices in their decision-making.
  • Strategic Planning
    Help the Prince Edward Island agricultural industry to develop and expand through strategic planning.
  • Training for Executives
    Help Prince Edward Island agricultural industry organizations provide strong leadership through training for executives.

Who is eligible for funding?

  • Group Training for Farmers
    Agriculture industry organizations, clubs, and associations and groups of agricultural producers (five or more farmers). Applicants from for-profit businesses, educational institutions, and the private sector are not eligible.
  • Strategic Planning
    Available to provincial commodity groups and the two general farm organizations named under the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Act.
  • Training for Executives Available to boards and staff of provincial commodity groups and the two general farm organizations named under the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Act.

What activities will be funded?

  • Group Training for Farmers
    • A training program could include courses, seminars, workshops, and/or demonstrations, which may take place in central locations, over the internet, on farms, or some combination thereof. A training program may involve participants in group and/or one-on-one training sessions, and must be targeted toward agricultural producers, including beginning farmers. A minimum of five agricultural producers participating in the training is required.
  • Strategic Planning
    • Development of strategic plans that will position the industry to capture opportunities to enhance the viability and profitability of the sector and/or the Prince Edward Island agricultural industry.
  • Training for Executives
    • Skill development activities, including courses, seminars, and workshops, which are over and above the staff training and professional development responsibilities considered to be a normal part of doing business. Examples of eligible activities include but are not limited to leadership and governance training, executive development, strategic thinking and industry positioning training.

What activities are not funded?

Training activities which are deemed to be part of the normal cost of doing business, including but not limited to accounting and computer training, first aid and safety training, regular industry updating, attendance at regional and national meetings, farm trade shows, and annual conferences.

Training for the personal development of the applicant.

Training leading to a degree.

What expenses are eligible for funding?

  • Group Training for Farmers
    • instructor fees and expenses
    • course materials to a maximum of $200 per participant
    • facilities and equipment rental, and other associated expenses
    • a portion of travel costs could be considered eligible, if training is not available locally
  • Strategic Planning
    • consultant fees and associated consultant costs
    • other related costs may be considered
  • Training for Executives
    • to tuition; registration fees
    • learning materials for eligible training activities
    • travel, meals and accommodations, if training is not available locally

Eligibility of all expenses is at the discretion of the Program Review Committee

What expenses are not funded?

  • Group Training for Farmers
    • participant food costs
    • in-kind contributions
    • administrative costs of the organization
  • Strategic Planning
    • food costs (except for those charged by the consultant)
    • funding for core organizational services
    • in-kind contributions
    • administrative costs of the organization
  • Training for Executives
    • in-kind contributions
    • administrative costs of the organization
    • salaries and per diems
    • salaries for replacement staff
    • purchase of capital assets.

What funding assistance is available?

  • Group Training for Farmers
    • Up to 90% of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $30,000 per project.
    • $80,000 per applicant is available during the life of the program
  • Strategic Planning
    • Up to 40% of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $15,000 per project
  • Training for Executives
    • Up to 40% of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $15,000 per project.

How do I apply?

  1. Complete, print and sign the Training and Organizational Development Program Application Form [PDF]
  2. Once training is completed, submit the Training and Organizational Development Program Claim Form [PDF] for reimbursement

Forward completed application and claim forms to:

PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
11 Kent Street, P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Attention: Lynda MacSwain
lemacswain@gov.pe.ca
Phone: (902)368-4815
Fax: (902) 368-4857

When does the program end?

Program ends 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
5th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street,
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PEI   C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-4880
Fax: (902) 368-4857

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