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  • Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency - Livestock is accepting applications.
  • Supporting producers and processors in adopting new technology.
  • A registration number is not required to apply for Growing Forward 2 programs.
Program Availability: Accepting Applications
Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program - Livestock

Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program - Livestock

Terms and Conditions

Application Form

Program purpose statement

The purpose of the program is to help meat processors and livestock producers invest in new processing equipment and adopt improved processes and best practices, allowing the meat industry to increase its capacity, competitiveness and profitability.

Program description

Under the Growing Forward 2 Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program, successful applicants are eligible for reimbursement of certain capital and non-capital expenses.

Reimbursement of capital expenses (20%)
. Eligible capital costs include the engineering design, acquisition and installation (including modifications, if needed) of automated machinery and equipment. The new facility or equipment must be installed and used in Alberta for at least three years. 

Reimbursement of non-capital expenses (50%)
. Eligible non-capital costs include third-party costs for consulting and engineering fees, consultant and coaching fees related to process improvement and related travel. Training costs (maximum eight weeks or $4,000 per employee) that will enable the new technology to become operational may also be eligible.

Am I eligible for this program?

The following groups are eligible to apply:

  • Processing companies (both food and bio-industrial) with a physical manufacturing or processing presence in Alberta,
  • Producers and groups of producers who are adding economic value to their products beyond the primary production of crops and livestock.

How do I apply for this program?

  1. Determine whether you are eligible - Refer to the Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program’s Terms and Conditions.
  2. Ensure that the project activities are eligible - Eligible activities are listed in the program’s Terms and Conditions.
  3. Complete the Application Form - Once completed, send your application and supporting documents by mail to:


Cody Cunningham, Manager, Commercialization
Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA)
Suite 101, 1003 Ellwood Road SW,
Edmonton, AB T6X OB3

Applications must be submitted electronically and in hard copy with original signatures.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact:

Cody Cunningham at (403) 340-7089 (work), (403) 341-9848 (cell) or


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Program Contacts

Cody Cunningham

(403) 340-7089

Links & Other Resources

Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency Ltd.

Program FAQs

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