What is the FoodShift program?

The FoodShift program will provide non-repayable funding for clean, net-zero technology adoption ($1.5 million) to southern Ontario food and beverage processors to subsidize the cost of adopting and integrating new clean technologies into their operations. Successful program recipients will be selected through a rolling intake of applications and will be awarded up to $50,000 in project-based, matching funding. Applications will be reviewed on a periodic basis. Please see program timeline for specific cut-off dates.

The FoodShift program is supported by a nearly $2 million Government of Canada investment through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

Eligible Projects are those that support the adoption and integration of new clean technologies into the applicant’s operations to transition towards a net-zero future. This funding could be used to cover advisory, acquisition, and commissioning costs related to the new technology. The project must be conducted in collaboration with an eligible clean technology provider.

Read the official announcement here.


We’re looking for food and beverage processors in Ontario who are ready to adopt innovative clean technologies into their operations. If that’s your organization, tell us about it.

FoodShift program guide

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Applicant must be:

  • Operating in the food and beverage processing sector;
  • A for-profit private sector enterprise or not-for-profit corporation ready to adopt and integrate proven clean technologies into their operations;
  • Generating a minimum of $1 million in annual revenues; and
  • Incorporated in Canada and located in Ontario.

Are you a food and beverage processor with an identified clean technology need, but no identified provider?

Please fill out the Expression of Interest – Food & Beverage Processor form. *

Clean technology provider must be:

  • A for-profit private sector enterprise or not-for-profit corporation with a proven clean technology application that will satisfy the need of an eligible applicant;
  • Technologies must be at or beyond Technology Readiness Level 8 (TRL-8+) stage of development; and
  • Technologies must help food & beverage processors embrace automation in their facilities, reduce waste and energy consumption, significantly reduce their carbon footprint, and transition towards a net-zero future.

Are you a proven clean technology provider looking for an adopter in the food and beverage processing sector?

Please fill out the Expression of Interest – Clean Technology Provider form. *


Application Process

How do I apply?

Applications will be accepted beginning October 17, 2022, in a one-phase process consisting of an application package. Rolling intake applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis succeeding the following cut-off dates:

  • Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST

Please note, FoodShift funding will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Once all available funding has been allocated, subsequent rolling intake calls will close. Changes to the timeline, including submission deadlines, will be posted and updated on the Bioenterprise website. Only successful applications will result in financing and move towards negotiating a contribution agreement.

* Bioenterprise will assist in matchmaking organizations to create an eligible project. Please note, Bioenterprise cannot guarantee a successful match. Only projects with an eligible applicant and an eligible clean technology provider will be able to submit a complete application and be considered for funding.

View FoodShift R1 Recipients

Application Toolkit

FoodShift program guide 
FAQ Guide

Application templates:
Full application workbook
Budget workbook

Apply now:
Foodshift application form

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