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Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program – Livestock

Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program – Livestock


This program is not currently accepting applications, for project proposals received but not funded, we will keep applications on-hand for consideration if further funding becomes available. Please subscribe (see link on the top right side of the page), to receive notifications of changes to the status of this program.

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 (AAE), 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 AAE 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 email or mail to:


Denise Carlson, Manager, Industry Development Grants

Agriculture Grant Programs Section

6547 Sparrow Drive

Leduc, AB T9E 7C7

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

Denise Carlson at (780) 980-4230 (work), (587) 991-0975 (Cell) or



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Program Contacts

Denise Carlson

(780) 980-4230

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