Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Alberta

This federal-provincial partnership delivers grant programs that generate sustainable economic growth in the agricultural and agri-food sector.

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Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership


To support continued innovation, growth and prosperity, the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) has launched its programs. This 5‐year (2023-2028), $3.5 billion investment includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and $2.5 billion in cost-shared programs and activities by federal-provincial-territorial governments. The Sustainable CAP framework represents a cost-shared federal-provincial investment of $508 million over 5 years towards strategic programs and services for the agriculture and agri-food industry in Alberta. 

Under Sustainable CAP, business risk management programs will continue to help producers manage significant risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage.

Read more about how Sustainable CAP works.

Program status

Sustainable CAP programming launched in April 2023.

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Alberta producers, farmers, ranchers, processors and organizations can apply for these cost-shared grant programs.

Producers, farmers, ranchers

This program assists producers with reducing the overall energy use on their operations.

Processors, organizations

Supports projects focused on innovation and result in significant company growth and sector impact.

Producers, farmers, ranchers

Supports innovative technology that minimizes agricultural waste and optimizes farm efficiency, and tools that secure business assets.

Producers, farmers, ranchers

Helps primary producers grow sales, expand production capacity, explore market opportunities and create jobs in Alberta.

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Organizations, processors

Enables stakeholders to gain resiliency and build public trust in Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food sectors.

Producers, farmers, ranchers

Supports producers to conserve and enhance the environmental resiliency of their agricultural landscapes.


Invests in projects that increase company sales and production capacity, expand market opportunities, and create jobs in Alberta.

Producers, farmers, ranchers

Helps producers adopt agricultural water management practices for continued growth and long-term success of the agriculture industry.

Organizations, Producers

Funding is provided to Results Driven Agricultural Research (RDAR) to deliver programs.

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Producers, farmers, ranchers

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation provides Alberta farmers with crop insurance, livestock price insurance, farm loans, commercial loans and farm income disaster assistance.


  • April 11, 2024: Year 2 Sustainable CAP adjustments

    Input from the Sustainable CAP stakeholder engagement in fall 2023 has helped inform program adjustments that will enable the framework to best serve Alberta’s agriculture sector.

    Most of the feedback and suggested changes relate to continuous improvement to the existing program suite, as no significant concerns were identified. As of April 2024, program updates include:

    • adjusted grant maximums and cost shares for the Water Program to offset rising project costs. In both the Irrigation and On-Farm Water Streams, this change should incentivize producers to participate in programming.
    • On-Farm Value-Added and Value-Added program updates to better align with the industry need for quicker response times and clearer application outcomes.
  • April 10, 2024: Sustainable CAP – Phase 3 What We Heard report released

    • In fall 2023, representatives from a range of agriculture stakeholder groups were asked to share their feedback on the Sustainable CAP program suite. Suggested changes will be reviewed to identify gaps and opportunities for improvements.
    • Read the What We Heard report
  • February 1, 2024: Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP) Year 2 intake now open

    RALP applications will be reviewed and accepted on a continuous basis within the intake cycle year. Learn more.

  • December 20, 2023: Resiliency and Public Trust Program now open

    The new program supports stakeholders in gaining resiliency and building public trust in Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food sectors. Learn more.

  • Sustainable CAP Engagement feedback now under review

    Thank you to everyone who shared feedback for phase 3 through 4 online surveys. The identified opportunities to improve the Sustainable CAP framework are under review and will be compiled in a What We Heard Report. Learn more about the engagement.

  • Sustainable CAP program began accepting applications April 3, 2023

    Alberta producers, farmers, ranchers, processors and organizations can now apply for these cost-shared grant programs.

  • October 4, 2022: NPF What we Heard Report released

    Engagement with Alberta’s agriculture industry stakeholders was held to support the minister and other Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development (AFRED) officials in developing and negotiating the Next Policy Framework (NPF). Sessions were held with Alberta agriculture organizations and associations, and post-secondary institutions. Industry representative feedback was also received via email. An online survey was open from May 9 to June 6, 2022. Engagement gauged understanding of the 5 priority areas identified in the Guelph Statement and focused on the following questions:

    • What are your initial reactions to the Guelph Statement?
    • What is most important for Alberta’s agriculture, agri-food, and agri-processing industry?
    • Is there anything missing? Are there any gaps?

    Read the What we Heard Report.


Connect with the Sustainable CAP Secretariat:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-FARM (3276) (in Alberta)
Phone: 403-742-7901 (outside Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

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