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Grants Available to
Dairy and Finished Food Product Manufacturers

Food Packaging Pilot Funding Program for PEI Companies

Funded/Offered by:
Prince Edward Island Bio|Food|Tech Centre

The Food Packaging Pilot program (coordinated by Food Island Partnership) was developed to provide assistance to PEI food companies and new start-up companies who want to differentiate their product in the marketplace in part through the development of a new packaging concept, and/or require assistance to address a specific packaging challenge.
The objectives of the program are to:
  • Provide participating food companies with access to innovative packaging expertise
  • Develop a new packaging concept/prototype or identify a solution to address a specific technical packaging challenge
  • Provide participating companies with a solid business case to assist with the implementation of the proposed new packaging solutions.
For more information
Visit the Funding Programs page or contact:

Lilian Yu, Food Scientist

PEI Bio|Food|Tech
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown PEI C1A 7N8

PEI Food Product Development Fund

The PEI Food Product Development Fund is available to Prince Edward Island companies to access the professional, technical assistance services of BIO|FOOD|TECH. This assistance can be applied to the development and testing of new and improved products and processes, and other technical development-related activities. The fund contributes 50% of project costs to a maximum contribution of $50,000.

For more information
Visit the Funding Programs page or contact:

PEI Bio|Food|Tech
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown PEI C1A 7N8
Tel: (902) 368-5548
Toll free: 1 (877) 368-5548
Fax: (902) 368-5549

New Brunswick Research and Productivity Council (RPC)

Funded/Offered by: New Brunswick Research and Productivity Council (RPC)

Summary: RPC has been a contract corporation providing research and development and technical services since 1962. Typical projects involve developing innovative products and improving resources and manufacturing productivity as well as offering analytical and testing services. Research is facilitated with not only an experienced staff but also with a collection of more than 50,000 standards, monographs, reports, and scientific and technical journals. RPC serves most industry sectors in Atlantic Canada including utilities, aquaculture, information technology, environmental, pulp and paper, mining and forestry. The range of services includes metallurgy, specialty NDE applications, design, environmental analytical chemistry, pest management, fish health, and DNA diagnostics. In addition, RPC partners with other organizations to offer programs such as the Industrial Research Assistance Program in conjunction with National Research Council of Canada.

Eligibility requirements: RPC is a contract company; although they focus on assisting small- to medium-sized businesses, their services are available equally to the public and private sectors.

For more information:

Research and Productivity Council

921 College Hill Road
Fredericton, NB E3B 6Z9
Tel: (506) 452-1212
Toll Free: 1-800-563-0844
Fax: (506) 452-1395
Web site:

For technical and analytical inquiries, please contact:

April Boudreau

Client Services
Tel: (506) 425-1212
Toll Free: 1-800-563-0844

Pilot Plant, Product Development, R&D, and Sensory Analysis

Funded/Offered by: Prince Edward Island Bio|Food|Tech Centre

BIO|FOOD|TECH provides professional technical services to the food and bioprocessing industries from CONCEPT to PILOT to MARKET through three integrated business divisions: food technology, bioscience technology and lab services.

For more information:

P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Tel: (902) 368-5548
Toll free: 1 (877) 368-5548
Fax: (902) 368-5549

Marketing Support Program (MSP)

Funded/Offered by: InnovationPEI

Summary:The MSP is geared towards initiating and expanding PEI’s export market and, as such, assists businesses to develop from start-up through to international exporting. The government provides help with the consumer research and in identifying effective advertising and promotional tools. To this end, it gives a non-repayable contribution to businesses that require marketing advice and support. It also follows through on its support, monitoring the business for two years thereafter.

Eligibility requirements: Manufacturers, processors or providers of exportable services are eligible for this program as long as the company is a sole proprietorship, partnership, cooperative or limited liability.

Each business is allowed up to two applications per year, totalling up to $40 000.

For more information on the program and the eligibility requirements, please visit the PEIBD website,

For more information:

Innovation PEI
94 Euston Street
PO Box 910
Charlottetown PE C1A 7L9
Tel.: (902) 368-6300
Toll-free: 1-800-563-3734
Fax: (902) 368-6301
Web site:

Research and Development Assistance

Funded/Offered by: Opportunities New Brunswick

Opportunities NB (ONB) is New Brunswick’s lead business development organization driving economic growth and job creation in the province. They:
  • Offer support services to help New Brunswick business of all sizes grow and succeed.
  • Proactively pursue high growth opportunities through exports and foreign investment; and
  • Work with industry partners, economic development stakeholders and public sector partners to identify, build and support a portfolio of significant high growth opportunities both within and outside the province

For more information:

Opportunities New Brunswick

Place 2000
P. O. Box 6000
250 King Street
Fredericton NB E3B 9M9
Tel: (506) 453-5471
Toll free: 1-855-746-4662
Fax: (506) 444-4277
Web site:

Business Development Program (BDP)

Funded/Offered by: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Summary:The goal of the BDP is to help set up, expand and modernize small business by offering financing in the form of interest-free, unsecured, repayable contributions. It looks to support projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Provide economic benefit to an area or a community
  • Demonstrate need for financial assistance
  • Be economically viable
Financing is available to most business sectors except retail/wholesale, real estate, government services and services of a personal or social nature.

Eligibility requirements:Both commercial and not-for-profit applicants are eligible.

Eligible activities include business studies, capital investment, training, marketing, quality assurance, and not-for-profit activities that support business in the region. Assistance is also available to help you bid for and acquire public and private procurement contracts or to develop an innovative product or service.

To find out more about the BDP and the amount of financing available, contact the ACOA office nearest you.

For more information:

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Head Office

Blue Cross Centre, 3rd Floor
644 Main Street
PO Box 6051
Moncton NB E1C 9J8
General Enquiries: (506) 851-2271
Toll Free: (800) 561-7862
Fax : (506) 851-7403
Secure Fax: (506) 857-1301
Device For The Hearing & Speech Impaired (TTY): (506) 851-3540
Access to Information/Privacy : (506) 851-3845