Food Security Information
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
- support projects aimed at helping Indigenous Peoples and other underrepresented and marginalized groups in Canadian agriculture — including women, youth, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, visible minorities, 2SLGBTQI+ communities, and official language minority communities — to fully participate in the sector by helping these groups address the key issues and barriers they often face for sector participation.
- assist activities that promote the benefits of a career in agriculture and that enhance the public’s perception of agriculture and its role in the economy
- assist Canadian organizations working in the agriculture and agri-food sector that:
- engage, train and empower underrepresented and marginalized groups so they can succeed in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector
- work with Indigenous communities to increase their involvement in the sector thereby supporting the Government of Canada’s commitment to reconciliation and inclusive economic growth
- provide opportunities for sector participation to youth, women, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, visible minorities, 2SLGBTQI+ communities, and official language minority communities
- help Indigenous Peoples and other underrepresented and marginalized groups in the agriculture and agri-food sector:
- become aware of business management strategies and tools. With training and the necessary tools, the sector will have the ability to adapt to emerging issues (for example, regulatory challenges, sustainability and market opportunities), and advance economic growth
- enhance entrepreneurial capacity, business skills and sector leadership of Indigenous Peoples and other underrepresented and marginalized groups
- learn about available career opportunities in the agriculture and agri-food sector
The program aims to strengthen the sector and build its capacity by:
- helping members from marginalized and underrepresented groups to develop their leadership skills to take on a greater leadership role
- building the entrepreneurial capacity and business skills of Indigenous Peoples and other underrepresented and marginalized groups in the agriculture and agri-food sector
- facilitating the sharing of industry experience, best practices and knowledge to help Indigenous Peoples and other underrepresented and marginalized groups manage transformation and adapt to changes in their business operations
- strengthening the sector by incorporating views from a greater diversity of sector players
Intake period : Open
Applications will be accepted from March 6, 2023 until September 30, 2027; however, the application period may close sooner if funding has been fully committed or otherwise announced on the website. The program ends March 31, 2028.
Indigenous Pathfinder Service
The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is offering the Indigenous Pathfinder service – a one-stop shop for advice and referral to help navigate the relevant information, tools and support available to start or expand activities in the agriculture and agri-food sector. The service strives to ensure you do not miss out on support and other business opportunities available.
An AAFC advisor will:
- listen to your project idea or plan and offer suggestions for next steps
- inform you on AAFC funding programs and services
- find and refer you to the right AAFC expert
- help you connect with other federal support available
- follow your progress
Who is Eligible:
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals and organizations, including businesses and non-profit associations.
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Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program (CCHAP)
The Climate Change and Health Adaptation program (CCHAP), which includes a North of 60°N and a South of 60°N stream, is designed to build capacity by funding community-designed and driven projects. This program funds First Nations and Inuit communities’ efforts to build capacity to adapt to the health impacts of climate change and can include food security-related projects such as researching traditional food security and access to country food.
There is no deadline to apply for the CCHAP North of 60°N.
Funding for the CCHAP South for First Nations South of 60°N program takes place on an annual basis with a call for applications sent out in the summer of each year.
Detailed profiles of projects supported through the program can be found at Climate Telling.
Nutrition North Canada (NNC)
Nutrition North Canada (NNC) programs include: the NNC subsidy, the Harvesters Support Grant and the Community Food Programs Fund, Nutrition Education Initiatives, and the Food Security Research Grant.
Indigenous Services Canada – First Nations and Inuit Health Branch funds and supports a suite of upstream culturally relevant community-based programs, services, initiatives, and strategies that collectively aim to reduce the disparities and improve the health outcomes of First Nations and Inuit individuals, families and communities. Many food security-related activities are supported through these community-based programs. Communities determine activities based on their needs and priorities.