Perennial Crop Development Program

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the PEI Department of Agriculture and Land's staff, including the Agricultural Insurance Corporation, will be working from home for a period of time to ensure we contribute to the health and safety of all Islanders, by limiting exposure and reducing the potential for community spread of this virus. 

Over the next couple of weeks, the Department will be reviewing all programs to ensure they meet the most pressing needs of industries and that we have the capacity to deliver them to the highest standard. 

Intake dates for our non Business Risk Management programs will be delayed for a short period of time, as we prepare to deliver our programs in new and innovative ways. 

We recognize the cropping season is almost upon us and we ask for your patience as we put measures in place to make this a seamless transition.  

The AgriInsurance, AgriStability, AgriInvest, and AgriRecovery Programs are still operating under normal deadlines unless you are notified of a change.  AIC staff will be in contact if any deadlines change. 

We appreciate your patience during this difficult time and hope that you are all following the sound advice from the Chief Public Health Office.

The Perennial Crop Development Program is designed to increase environmental sustainability in PEI’s agriculture sector. The program will support the establishment of new cropping systems and improvements in existing systems using technological advances and improvements in storage and production practices. Applications will be assessed for a project’s ability to have both ecological and economic benefits. 

Who is eligible for funding?

  • Mi'kmaq First Nations and other Indigenous Organizations;
  • Agricultural Producers; 
  • Small to medium-sized agri-businesses
  • Others may be considered upon request.

What types of expenses are eligible for funding?

  • Capital equipment purchases.
  • Adoption and/or evaluation of perennial crop process improvements identified as leading edge technology to reduce costs, add value, improve efficiencies, improve product quality or increase market access.

Where can I find more information?

What is the application deadline for the 2020/2021 fiscal year?

Deadline for submitting applications for the next intake of the program is February 28, 2020

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Perennial Crop Development officer prior to this date to indicate their intention to submit an application, with a brief overview of the project scope.

For more information, contact:

Perennial Crop Development Program Officer        
PEI Department of Agriculture and Land
11 Kent Street, PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE, C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-4880
Fax: (902) 368-4857 

Published date: 
April 1, 2020
Agriculture and Land

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Department of Agriculture and Land
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11 Kent Street,
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 7N8

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

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