Northern Food Development Program

By mmuise

The Northern Food Development Program provides funding to commercial producers, harvesters and processors of food in the NWT with the goal of building the commercial food production and processing sectors and increasing the availability of local food to northern consumers.

Comments on Funding:

1. Funding for staff training, internship support or mentorship as follows:
- 75% of project costs to a maximum of $7,500 per worker (in-kind expenses are not eligible) for staff training and development;
- up to 75% of the intern wages to a maximum of $7,500 per intern (can include in-kind wage expenses such as room and board for the intern - funding will only be provided for actual expenses paid) for insternships;
- up to 75% of expenses incurred for the mentorship to a maximum of $7,500.

2. NFDP Sales Rebate: ‘cash back’ to the agricultural producer or wild food harvester for a total of 25% of their reported sales from the previous season for eligible applicants with sales of under $10,000.
3. NFDP Utilities Rebate: 10% -15% on reported sales up to $2,500 in support for agricultural producers or wild food harvesters.
The following rates apply to the various scale of producer:
- $1,000 – $5,000 in sales – 10% of gross sales;
- $5,000 – $10,000 in sales – 15% of gross sales;
- $10,000 + in sales - $2,000 maximum contribution.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Eligibility criteria:

  • Eligible applicants include any commercial food producers in the NWT. Registration or incorporation under relevant legislation is required.
  • Applicants who are just starting commercial activities should be able to demonstrate relevant experience and a capacity to engage in food production or processing, for example, through access to land, equipment, licenses and permits.
  • Fishers must also hold a valid commercial fishing license and vessel certificates if applicable.
  • An in-kind requirement of up to 10% of total project costs may be required (can include sweat equity). In-kind costs must be clearly documented and reflect fair market value of related expense.
Application Steps:


Documentation Needed:


Other Things to Note:

1. Applications will be accepted on an on-going basis throughout the fiscal year, but applications must be approved before beginning the activity.
2. Accessing the NFDP Utilities Rebate does not negate the applicant from accessing other support for Eligible Activities under the NFDP.

Funding for Utility Rebate - They mention a maximum of $2,500 and also a maximum of $2,000.

About the author