How It Works | GreenON Food Manufacturing

  1. Program Overview
  2. Program Objectives
  3. Eligibility
  4. How Funding Works
  5. Evaluation Process
  6. Reporting Requirements
  7. How to Apply
  8. FAQ
  9. Downloads
  10. Glossary
  11. Legal Notice
  12. Contacts

Please note that the GreenON Food Manufacturing Program is now closed and is no longer accepting new applications. Those that have already made efforts towards completing their application should finalize their submission by the July 5th end date.

A. Program Overview

The Green Ontario Fund is introducing measures to help producers, processors and rural communities reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increase their resiliency, adapt to climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy.

The GreenON Food Manufacturing Program is a merit-based funding program that supports food and beverage processors.

This program funds projects under two Streams:

  • Stream 1 (Retrofit) - Reduce GHG emissions through the adoption of proven technologies such as retrofits to improve energy, water and resource efficiency.
    • Supports upgrades to existing technologies and the validation of the economic and environmental performance of these projects as well as GHG reduction outcomes. 
    • Stream 1 projects may qualify for thirty-five (35) percent of total eligible project costs up to a maximum of $500,000.
    • The maximum duration of a project will be 24 months.
  • Stream 2 (Innovation) - Support projects that reduce GHG emissions through the adoption and demonstration of technologies that are lesser known to the food and beverage processing sector in Ontario.
    • Stream 2 projects may qualify for seventy-five (75) percent of total eligible project costs up to a maximum of $1,000,000.
    • The maximum duration of a project will be 24 months.

Applicants must agree to disclose project and outcomes based on facility baselines, project baselines and reductions.

On a case-by-case basis and with previous approval by OCE, an applicant may submit concurrent Stream 1 and Stream 2 applications for unrelated projects.

Greenhouse gases and other emissions that are targeted in this program include carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, sulphur hexafluoride, nitrogen trifluoride, hydrocarbons and perfluorocarbons, ammonia and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

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B. Program Objectives

The GreenON Food Manufacturing Program aims to help reduce GHG emissions from food and beverage processing facilities and help food and beverage processors move towards a path that both reduces emissions and improves their competitiveness. Program outcomes support sector development so that lessons learned from the Project carry forward as the Province pursues long-term climate change goals to maximize GHG emission reductions.

Objectives of the program are as follow:

  • Employ known technologies to reduce GHG emissions from food and beverage processing facilities;
  • Demonstrate effective technologies for reducing GHG emissions from food and beverage processing facilities, and demonstrate new and/or lesser known technologies for the same purpose;
  • Assist Ontario’s food and beverage processing facilities in reducing GHG emissions by helping the sector implement, demonstrate and adopt effective technologies and best management practices;
  • Support a collaborative approach to GHG-reducing technology diffusion for food and beverage processing facilities where technology demonstrations provide insight into the environmental and financial business case for action; and
  • Accelerate the diffusion, in Ontario, of effective GHG-reducing technology adoption by food and beverage processors. 

Food and Beverage Emitter Benefits

  • Shorten the payback period for implementing innovations that reduce GHG emissions by year 2020 and 2030
  • Accelerate the time for adoption of innovations that reduce GHG emissions by year 2020 and 2030
  • Improve the competitiveness of participating companies
  • Gain access to OCE networks and awareness of other OCE programs
  • Demonstrate corporate social responsibility by being early adopters of GHG emissions reduction technologies, environmental stewards and champions

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C. Eligibility

An applicant must be a food, beverage or feed manufacturer located in Ontario, is a legal entity and meets the definition of a manufacturer under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICs code) 311 and 312.

Only projects that are undertaken in Ontario food and beverage processing facilities will qualify for funding. In order to be eligible, the following must:

  • Be designed to achieve measurable reductions in GHG emission; include verification of the reductions achieved using an accredited third-party expert;
  • Take place in an Ontario-based facility;
  • Commit to matching a specified percentage of the grant investment for the project (stacking from other non-Ontario government sources is possible);
  • Applicants and any co-applicants MUST sign a Funding Agreement (subject to change) with OCE.
  • Applicants and any co-applicants MUST provide project and outcomes metrics, as well as client satisfaction surveys.
  • Applicants and any co-applicants MUST be in good financial and reporting standing with OCE.
  • All applicants must remain in compliance with all Requirements of Law for the term of their contribution agreement with the Province of Ontario. “Requirements of Law” means all applicable requirements of law, as may be set out in statutes, regulations, by-laws, codes, rules, ordinances, official plans, approvals, permits, licences, authorizations, decrees, injunctions, orders and declarations, or any other similar requirement of law.

What do you need to apply?

  • You must meet the "Eligibility" requirements above and have a facility that has been in production for at least one year.
  • Have a Business Registration
  • Have a valid Premises Identification Number (PID). For information about PID or to register a premise, visit www.ontarioppr.com or call 1-855-697-7743
  • Provide the data required to develop aggregate case studies arising from the program
  • Have completed the GHG estimations for the proposed facility and activity/activities proposed
  • You MUST work with an OCE Business Development Manager in your application

Level of cost-share

Stream 1

Eligible businesses can access applicable funding of up to 35% of eligible project cash costs, up to $500,000 to undertake eligible Stream 1 activities.

More than one Stream 1 application can be submitted to any identified project up to the maximum of $500,000, to undertake proposed projects.

A single application may include more than one project and/ or more than one site, but the application must align with the information provided as per GHG estimations. If more than one project is being proposed as part of a single application, all of those activities must be completed to submit a complete claim.

Stream 2

Eligible businesses can access applicable funding of up to 75% of eligible project cash costs, up to $1,000,000 to undertake eligible Stream 2 activities.  More than one Stream 2 application can be submitted to any identified project up to the maximum of $1,000,000, to undertake proposed projects.

A single application may include more than one project, but the application must align with the information provided as per GHG estimations. If more than one project is being proposed as part of a single application, all of those activities must be completed to submit a complete claim.

Eligible Projects

For both streams, projects will be qualified depending on its impact on reducing GHG emissions directly or indirectly.

Stream 1

Projects funded in Stream 1 of the GreenON Food Manufacturing Program will be projects that demonstrate technologies that are known to have been deployed in Ontario. These projects have been identified as technologies that can significantly reduce GHG emissions.  Over the life of the program, these include:

Project Type                                                                                       

  • Integrated monitoring and tracking equipment                                            
  • Low-carbon fuel use                                                                                                  
  • Enterprise Resource Planning                                                                        
  • Insulation, ceramic paint and passive technologies                                      
  • Process equipment upgrades                                                                        
  • Refrigeration upgrades                                                                                  
  • Closed-loop combustion systems                                                                  
  • Other combustion system replacements such as ovens/fryers                    
  • Air balance improvements                                                                             
  • By-product/Co-product recovery                                                                              
  • Closed-loop water systems                                                                                        
  • Non-mechanical wastewater treatment                                                                   
  • Constructed wetlands                                                                                                
  • CO2 recovery                                                                                                             

Stream 2

Stream 2 Projects include technologies that have very limited adoption in Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector, or are known in Ontario in other manufacturing sectors or in other jurisdictions. These projects include technologies that remove waste streams and/or are circular resource recovery solutions as well as have an impact on reducing GHG emissions.

Projects funded in Stream 2 of the GreenON Food Manufacturing Program will be Ontario-based projects that demonstrate technologies that have very limited deployment in the province, or that have been demonstrated in jurisdictions other than Ontario. These may also be validated technologies that are generally understood to mean technologies that have been tested in an operational environment and are ready to be implemented. This includes:

  • Input Projects
    • Power Quality Upgrades
  • Process Projects
    • Automated Optical and Chemical Imaging Process Controls 
  • Output Projects
    • Wastewater digestion 
    • VOC destruction
    • Novel technologies such as pyrolysis, algae production, or steam reformation
    • Waste heat recovery
    • Solid waste digestion

A minimum of five Stream 2 projects is required for case studies. OCE will strive to undertake case studies from different project categories, as reasonable, based on approved number of projects in each category. 

Eligible Expenses

Note: Please refer to the eligible expenses document for specific details on eligible and ineligible activities and expenses.

  • Eligible capital costs are costs that are directly related to the project including equipment and installation (associated labour and consulting services), and construction costs for building modifications.
  • GreenON Food Manufacturing  funded activities MUST be performed within Ontario, unless prior written approval has been obtained from OCE.
  • GreenON Food Manufacturing  will only acknowledge project expenses that occur after the approval date. OCE funding cannot be applied retroactively.  In cases where an application is approved and not activated, expenses are incurred at the risk of the applicant.
  • Applicant MUST refer to the OCE Eligible Expenses Guide for full details.
  • The Stacking of Project Funds is allowed up to 75%. Eligible stacking funds include:
    • Other federal programs
    • Municipal programs for water and wastewater conservation
    • Rate-based utility programs for natural gas and electricity
  • Ineligible stacking funds include:
    • Funds from any other provincial funding source
  • In-kind costs will not be considered.
  • To be eligible, costs must:
    • Fall within the eligible activities for the best management practice applied to
    • Be incurred and paid by the applicant after the date the project has been approved in writing by OCE
    • Be incurred and paid, and a claim submitted, prior to the claim deadline detailed in the written letter of approval from the OCE
    • If applicable, fall within the eligibility requirements for in-kind contributions
    • Be purchased from businesses at arm’s length from the applicant
    • The applicant shall ensure that the total cost-share assistance from all sources, including other government and non-government programs, for eligible expenses shall not exceed 75%

What is NOT eligible?

  • Costs incurred and/or paid for before an application has been given written approval by the OCE
  • Costs incurred and/or paid for after the claim deadline or after a claim form has been submitted to OCE
  • Costs associated with the purchase or use of hand or power tools.
  • Harmonized sales tax (HST)
  • Hourly wages and benefits of seasonal or full-time staff
  • Financing charges and loan interest payments
  • Permits and approvals – while these may be necessary for a project, they are the responsibility of the applicant
  • Stacking of cost-share towards the same project by two or more applicants

If the applicant starts work prior to receiving final written approval to proceed by the OCE, they agree to forfeit all provincial cost-share allotments. 

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D. How Funding Works

Flow of Funds

  • Funding will flow directly to the applicant based on a claims and reimbursement model for eligible expenses. Claims can be made when submitting interim report(s), every six months, and the final report, required at the end of the project. More information on reporting can be found in section F. Project Reporting and Claims Requirements.

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E. Evaluation Process

The GreenON Food Manufacturing Program is a one-step process whereby applicants complete a full application. The evaluation process for the program, which has limited funding, is competitive, discretionary, and non-entitlement. All eligible applications are assessed against program objectives and criteria. 

Administrative Review

All applications are submitted through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system. Applications will undergo an Administrative Review for completeness and financial compliance, on a rolling basis.  

Technical Expert Review

An External Review Panel, comprised of sector experts, will review the full application.  External consultants will complete Non-Disclosure Agreements prior to the review of the applications. Consultants are involved in the early stages of the application. There are at least two consultants involved in every project.

Consultants provide individual reviews and commentary for all applications assigned to them, according to the criteria set out by OCE. The evaluation will assess, but is not limited to, the following areas:

  • Technical viability of the project
  • Strength of the project team
  • Appropriateness of project timelines
  • Appropriateness of project budget and related costs (e.g. CAPEX, salaries, etc.)
  • Appropriateness of projected GHG emission reductions
  • Accuracy of potential environmental co-benefits
  • Likelihood of overall project success
  • Project’s impact in delivering targets under Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan

Consultants are expected to exercise judgement and discuss any other elements they consider to be of relevance, and that have not been addressed in OCE’s assessment template. Similarly, consultants are expected to advise OCE if additional information is required for an Application.

Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate the following:

  • Significant and measurable reduction in GHG emissions at the lowest cost in support of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for year 2020 and 2030
  • Broad applicability and benefit to industry as well as the cleantech sector, leading to novel, newly adapted, adopted processes, products, or services
  • Strong management capability to effectively implement the GHG reduction solution
  • Innovation in the context of current technical and commercial developments
  • High potential for job creation and or job retention in Ontario
  • Economic benefit for Ontario
  • Complementary environmental co-benefits that improve the quality of soil, air, and water
  • Indication that Intellectual Property (IP) is owned, or that sufficient rights to use IP have been retained, for both the purposes of completing the project and to commercially exploit the results in Ontario, as applicable.

This schematic illustrates how the external review and due diligence process is structured:

Initial Review - Full Application
  • Multiple consultants review the application
  • Consultants prepare questions for the applicants
Due Diligence Process
  • Consultant meeting and/or GreenON Food Manufacturing site visit undertaken
  • Applicants give the opportunity to present in person and answer questions
  • Applicants provide additional and supporting information as required
Final Review
  • Consultants prepare a report composed of two parts:
    1. Quantitative scoring based on an assessment questionnaire and due diligence findings (scoring guide provided by OCE)
    2. Written free-form report with the consultant's overall assessment of the project, its strengths, risks, ROI of GHG emissions reductions, etc.
  • Internal Review Process (IRP) final funding approval by OCE

Financial due diligence is conducted as part of the application process and includes a review of the applicant’s Officer Certificate, and a credit check.

Committee Assessment

Applicants will be invited to present to the External Review Panel in person at OCE’s Front Street Office.  At this presentation the company will be allotted approximately 30 minutes to present their project and respond to questions from the External Review Panel. The External Review Panel makes funding recommendations to OCE based on its assessment of the application and presentation. 

The final funding decision rests with OCE, through its IRP, which is comprised of senior OCE staff.

Successful Applicants will be notified by OCE and provided with an outline of conditions and additional information necessary to activate the project.

Applicants who are not selected for receipt of funding will receive email notification outlining the outcome.  Applicants will be offered an opportunity to discuss the decision with their OCE Business Development Manager.

Please note: Preference will be given to Ontario-based solution providers; however, OCE will consider leading technologies sourced nationally and internationally;

Note on GreenON Food Manufacturing Program: In keeping with the whole-of-government approach of the broader GreenON Food Manufacturing Program, OCE’s partners (SDTC, NSERC, and ERA) may - subject to their confidentiality obligations to applicants -  share with OCE their endorsement of projects that have a high potential to reduce GHG emissions. On a case-by-case basis, OCE may consider projects from endorsing-partners for potential support.

Through partner endorsement, the review procedures of projects may be streamlined as follows:

  • Sharing of prior due diligence at the Expression of Interest and Full Proposal stages
  • Streamlining of due diligence at the Full Proposal stage using defined program criteria

The sharing of information with OCE would be undertaken in strict compliance with the endorsing partners’ obligations for terms of use and disclosure of information. Applicants will be notified prior to any sharing of protected information with OCE and will be asked to provide their explicit agreement.

OCE may consider other endorsement partners in the future.

Merit-based Program Considerations

Evaluation criteria will prioritize projects at facilities that may be prone to carbon/production leakage. Priority will also be given to those applicants who lead and provide a precedent for the sector and as a result could help other energy-intensive/trade exposed sectors.

Projects that include integrated metering and energy management information systems will be given priority over project proposals that lack integrated metering and energy management systems. Applicants and recipients of this program funding must be in good reporting standing with OCE.

Priority will be given to projects with demonstrated and/or strong potential to address Ontario’s greenhouse gas pollution reduction targets in 2020.

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F. Reporting Requirements

When an application is approved, OCE will provide the necessary forms that need to be completed to submit a report and a financial claim. Funding is provided on a reimbursement basis, upon approval of financial reporting. 

OCE requires the following project reports:

Interim Progress and Claim Report(s)

  • Interim report(s), including a statement of progress, and a financial attestation, will be required approximately every six months. The company will receive notification and a link from OCE’s AccessOCE system to submit the report. OCE MUST receive and approve reports prior to release of funds for eligible claims.

Note: Applicants MUST retain all proof of purchases, receipts, and other relevant documentation related to eligible expenses. OCE reserves the right to audit any project expenses.

Final Reports

  • Forty-five (45) days prior to the scheduled completion date, the Applicant will receive a notification of the project end date from AccessOCE, OCE’s online system, with a link to the Final Project Report should the Applicant wish to begin entering data. If an extension is required, it MUST be requested via OCE’s online AccessOCE system. After completion of the project, the Applicants and Partners will be required to complete Final project reports (including progress, GHG pollution reduction quantification, financials and metrics). Applicant and Partner reports MUST be received and approved by OCE within 30 days of project completion.
  • When the Applicant and Partner Final reports have been approved, the Ontario Applicant will be required to complete an attestation of the use of funds to close the project.
  • All required Final reports from all partners MUST be submitted within 30 days of project completion in order to release the holdback and maintain good financial standing with OCE.

Project Metrics

  • If the project continues past a fiscal year end (March 31), the Ontario Applicant and Industry Partner will be required to complete annual OCE metrics surveys each April, for the part of the project that has been completed since the previous March 31. This annual report is mandatory for OCE to fulfil its contracts with its government funder. Required metrics reports from all partners MUST be submitted in order to maintain good financial standing with OCE.

Retrospective Survey

  • One, two, and three years after project completion, the applicants will be sent a link to complete a retrospective survey to collect data on commercial outcomes from the project. OCE requires the information for the assessment of program impact and continuous improvement.

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G. How to Apply

The GreenON Food Manufacturing Program is a merit-based program. Applicants need to be specific about the current systems and/or facilities they have in place and what changes they are proposing as part of the project. As a merit-based program, only projects with the greatest impact GHG reductions will be funded. 

Call for Applications

Review the eligibility requirements to ensure you meet all requirements and your project is eligible for cost-share.

To begin the application submission process, please complete a client intake form. An OCE Business Development Manager (BD) will contact you to discuss the opportunity and assist you with initiating and developing your Application. Your OCE BD will also maintain oversight responsibility for the OCE components of any approved project.

Applications MUST be submitted through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system. 

A copy of the application questionnaire can be downloaded for the applicant's reference only.  You MUST consult with an OCE Business Development Manager to confirm eligibility and project fit and initiate an application via AccessOCE before responding to the application questionnaire.

First round of applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.  Please initiate the online application at least one week prior to this deadline.

Further rounds may be announced based on funding availability.

Timelines

Date

Application Steps

February 15, 2018 Program launch 
April 30, 2018 Call for applications
July 5, 2018

Application deadline for submission though OCE's AccessOCE online system

Please ensure that you have initiated your online application through an OCE Business Development Manager, at least one week prior to the intake date 
July 2018 External panel review
August 2018 Announcement of fund recipients

30 days after OCE’s approval

Funding agreements executed, and approved projects start

 

Please note that the GreenON Food Manufacturing Program is now closed and is no longer accepting new applications. Those that have already made efforts towards completing their application should finalize their submission by the July 5th end date. 

Note on application information: By submitting an application, applicants agree that project information may be shared among all partners, co-applicants, and other contributors, listed in the application form. Project information includes application forms and supporting documents, application reviews and assessments, public releases, outcome reports and impact measures. For more information, refer to OCE’s privacy policy.

Application Requirements

Where possible, applicants may leverage other complementary (i.e. sources other than the Ontario Government) funding.

An application must include annual facility and annual project baselines as follows:

  • Facility baseline (facility’s previous business fiscal year in cost and volume)
    • Natural gas (and/or propane)
    • Electricity
    • Municipal water and/or privately supplied water and/or self-supplied water
    • Municipal sewage or self-supplied wastewater treatment
    • Municipal sewer surcharges for biological oxygen demand (BOD)/ bio-chemical oxygen demand (BCOD), suspended solids (SS); and fats, oils and grease (FOG)
    • Organic waste
    • Paper, cardboard and plastic packaging waste
    • Waste pallets
    • Ingredient yield (as a percentage only)
    • Labour (facility-wide)
    • Current waste diversion rate
    • Co-product rate of recovery (volume and average value per kg/liter)
    • Maintenance costs labour (hours and cost per hour)
    • Maintenance costs equipment replacement (annual cost)
    • Refrigerant (ammonia or other refrigerant) use (volume and value)
    • Estimated volatile organic compounds from facility (volume only for volatile organic compound-destruction projects)
    • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board rate
  • Operational Equipment Effectiveness (facility ratio only) 
  • Project baseline (previous business/facility year)
    • Natural gas (and/or propane)
    • Electricity
    • Municipal water and/or privately supplied water and/or self-supplied water
    • Municipal sewage or self-supplied wastewater treatment
    • Municipal sewer surcharges for BOD/BCOD, SS and FOG
    • Organic waste linked to project
    • Paper, cardboard and plastic packaging waste linked to project
    • Waste pallets linked to project
    • Labour - of processing processes linked to project
    • Current waste diversion rate from processes linked to project
    • Co-product rate of recovery from processes linked to project (volume and average value per kg/liter)
    • Maintenance costs labour on equipment linked to project (hours and cost per hour)
    • Maintenance costs equipment replacement on equipment linked to project (annual cost)
    • Refrigerant (ammonia or other refrigerants) use linked to project
    • Estimated VOCs linked to project (Stream 2 VOC projects only)
  • As applicable, the applicant must provide an annualized forecast for reductions in the following targeted improvements/reductions
    • Natural gas (and/or propane)
    • Electricity
    • Municipal water and/or privately supplied water and/or self-supplied water
    • Municipal sewage or self-supplied wastewater treatment
    • Municipal sewer surcharges for BOD/BCOD, SS and FOG
    • Organic waste linked to project
    • Paper, cardboard and plastic packaging waste linked to project
    • Waste pallets linked to project
    • Labour - of processing processes linked to project
    • Current waste diversion rate from processes linked to project
    • Co-product rate of recovery from processes linked to project (volume and average value per kg/litre)
    • Maintenance costs labour on equipment linked to project (hours and cost per hour)
    • Maintenance costs equipment replacement on equipment linked to project (annual cost)
    • Ammonia leakage reductions for refrigeration projects
    • Estimated VOC reductions (Stream 2 VOC projects only) 

Existing Billing, Engineering Reports, Utility Audits and Corporate Sustainability Reports support the business case for specific projects.  The following types of documents should accompany an application:

  • Utility bills
  • Corporate and customer sustainability plans
  • Supply chain sustainability reports
  • Proof of baseline metrics and sustainability self-assessment (such as provision coalition)
  • Existing energy audits, assessments and engineering reports

Application Development

Complete an application form on AccessOCE. Be sure to provide clear and concise information. Under project description, provide details on the current equipment/facilities in place and what change is being proposed. When determining the total estimated cost of the project, quotes are not required to be submitted with the application, but are recommended to ensure cost-estimates on the application are accurate.

Make sure you have all the required information to be submitted with your application. This includes, but is not limited to, the following checklist:

  • AccessOCE form uploaded and all tabs completed including:
    • All fields filled in AccessOCE webpage (you might need to refer to the application for GHG emission reduction values)
    • Complete Full Application Form
    • Complete OCE Milestones Table
    • Complete Team Table
    • Complete OCE Use of Funds, including the Budget Justification section
    • Complete necessary acknowledgements
  • Attachments include:
    • Third party validated Environmental Benefits Table (if available)
    • Officer Certificate of applicant (provide to your BD to upload to Internal documents)
    • Detailed Excel Budget (signed by officer or the company)
    • Copy of partners’ agreement to execute the project (contributors to the project, if applicable)
    • Intellectual Property Term Sheet
    • Letters of Support
    • Key Team members Resumes/CVs
    • Additional Supporting Documents
  • Manufacturer’s specifications for any proposed technology upgrades showing energy efficiency ratings.
  • Disclosure of other project funding stacking (up to 75% with federal, municipal and other rate-based utility programs)
  • Completion of baseline data request. This includes copies of utility and wastewater surcharge bills from your utility provider for the previous 12 months for the production facility to be upgraded

If you do not provide this information, your application cannot be evaluated and may be considered incomplete.

Application Submission

Applications are only accepted during intake periods.  Before submitting, be sure you have completed the steps above, all fields of the application have been completed, as appropriate, and all required information is included.

Applications must be submitted online through AccessOCE.

Prior to final submission, OCE will support the applicant by reviewing a draft application. Applicants will be informed of their draft submission deadline when they are invited to submit a full proposal. 

After draft submission review applicants will be assigned a final submission deadline. Final applications MUST be submitted to OCE through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system within four weeks of draft review.

As part of a complete final submission, applicants MUST first request their OCE Business Development Manager (BD) to provide an endorsement of the application for eligibility and suitability. Once the endorsement is provided, the applicant or BD will have the option to press the ‘submit’ button in the application portal. Please allow at least one week prior to the final application submission deadline for the BD endorsement step to be completed. 

Full applications submitted through the AccessOCE are internally reviewed for completeness, eligibility, and use of funds.  An External Review Panel comprised of sector experts will review the full application against program objectives and criteria. The final funding decision rests with OCE.

Upon approval, the applicant and co-applicants MUST execute an OCE funding agreement, including a completed Schedule H, Intellectual Property Term Sheet, within 60 days of approval of the award.  A copy of the Funding Agreement can be downloaded (subject to change) for your reference.  Applicants are encouraged to read this agreement and share it with decision makers and legal departments at their organization early in the application process. Please do not sign this copy of the form; a copy of the agreement will be generated through our online management system and sent to you upon approval of your project.  Applicants must also complete an Officer’s Certificate. A template will be provided.

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H. FAQ

Please review OCE's Program FAQ.

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I. Downloads

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J. Glossary

2020 GHG target: Ontario year 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target is 15 per cent below 1990 levels.

Applicant: An Ontario-based industrial emitter that applies to GreenON Food Manufacturing and, if approved, will receive the funds.

Co-applicant: A technology solution provider (e.g. start-up, SME or large firm) with proven technologies and products from across any sector aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

GHG quantification standards: Includes internationally recognized IPCC and ISO 14064 series standards for greenhouse gas emissions. It is recommended to use the KPI dashboard provided by Provision Coalition.

GHG: Greenhouse gases as measured by CO2equivalent (CO2e) and include carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, sulphur hexafluoride, nitrogen trifluoride, hydrocarbons and perfluorocarbons

Proven Technologies: Proven technologies are technologies that are ready to be implemented. They may have been applied in an operational environment, or tested in a laboratory under simulated conditions.

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  1. By submitting an APPLICATION ( “Application”) you confirm that you have read, understand and accept the information contained in this Call for Expressions of Interest (“Call”) and, that each of you, the applicant (the “Applicant”) and any project partners, agree as follows:
  2. Ontario Centres of Excellence (“OCE”) and its partners (collectively the “Funders”) are relying on the information provided in this Application guideline and in the Application for all purposes relating hereto. The Applicant acknowledges that it has reviewed, and that it is in compliance with, all applicable terms and conditions as stated within the APPLICATION guidelines.
  3. The Funders may at any time withdraw, suspend, cancel, terminate, amend or alter all or any portion of this Call, including but not limited to the APPLICATION requirements, the APPLICATION selection and review process and the APPLICATION eligibility criteria.
  4. The Funders reserve the unqualified right to accept or reject any or all APPLICATIONs for any reason. The Funders are not required to accept the highest ranked APPLICATION nor are they required to accept any APPLICATION recommended for advancement to the Funding Proposal (“FP”) stage by the applicable evaluators.
  5. The final decision with respect to the projects to be included in the APPLICATION shortlist rests solely with the Funders. The evaluation of APPLICATIONs may be based on, but is not in any way limited to, the criteria set out in this Call. The Funders may consider any criteria determined to be relevant to the mandates of The Funders, regardless of whether such additional criteria have been disclosed to the Applicant.
  6. APPLICATIONs that do not comply with the requirements described in this Call may be rejected in whole or in part or not considered by the Funders. The Funders reserve the unqualified right to accept or reject a non-compliant APPLICATION.
  7. This Call is an invitation only. It is not a funding offer and the submission of an APPLICATION does not create a contract or agreement of any kind between the Funders and the Applicant.
  8. No conduct, act or omission of the Funders, or their directors, officers, consultants, project advisors, agents, servants and their respective successors and assigns (collectively the “Funding Parties”) other than a written notice to the Applicant signed by an authorized person for the Funders, will constitute an acceptance of an APPLICATION.
  9. Acceptance of an APPLICATION does not create a binding contract between the Funders and the Applicant. The Funders shall not be obligated in any manner whatsoever to any Applicant until a written contribution agreement (“Contribution Agreement”) between the Funders and the Applicant has been duly executed relating to an approved FP.
  10. If the Project is accepted for funding, the Project partners will complete an environmental self-assessment to determine if any environmental assessments are required under federal, provincial, territorial or municipal legislation and if it is determined that such an environmental assessment is required, the Applicant shall be responsible for ensuring that such environmental assessments are completed.
  11. As between the parties, the APPLICATION and all information, documents and materials submitted to the Funders in connection with this Call (collectively, “Applicant Information”) are the exclusive property of the Funders immediately upon delivery to the Funders. For clarity, this refers to the materials themselves, not to any technology or innovations disclosed or discussed in them. Intellectual property developed during the course of the Project will be addressed through the Contribution Agreement and will normally be owned by the Applicant. For further clarity:
  1. each Funder may share Applicant Information with the other Funder, with the Funding Parties, and with other agencies or third parties who are part of the assessment of the APPLICATION; and
  2. the individuals or organizations referred to in the APPLICATION may be contacted directly by the Funders as part of the assessment of the APPLICATION.
  1. You, the Applicant and any Project partners will keep this APPLICATION and FP confidential and will not use, reproduce or distribute it, any portion of it, or any data, information, drawings, or specifications included in or provided with it except as necessary to prepare an APPLICATION and FP as requested by the Funders.
  2. Neither the Funders nor any of the Funding Parties will have any liability whatsoever to you, the Applicant or any Project partners, or any of them, in connection with this Call or any APPLICATION prepared in response to it.
  3. You, the Applicant and any Project partners will not make a claim against the Funders or the Funding Parties for any reason whatsoever or howsoever relating to this Call. You are undertaking the expenditures required to prepare and submit an APPLICATION entirely at your own risk, and you waive any right and release the Funders and the Funding Parties from any demands, liability, claim or recovery for costs, expenses, or damages incurred whatsoever or howsoever arising out of or relating to this Call or any APPLICATION prepared in response to it, whether such right or claim arises in contract, negligence or otherwise.
  4. If you, the Applicant generate revenue from the project or project assets during the project, such revenue must flow back into the Project to offset project costs; under no circumstances can the Applicant or other consortium members or related parties profit from the Project or the Project assets during the project period of funding.
  5. The Funders take no responsibility for the accuracy of the information supplied during this Call by the Funders or the Funding Parties.
  6. The Applicant hereby represents and warrants that:
  1. there are no actions, suits, investigations or other proceedings pending or, to the knowledge of the undersigned, threatened against the Applicant, the Project or the Project assets, including any intellectual property forming part of the Project and to the best of the undersigned’s knowledge there is no order, judgment or decree of any court or governmental agency which could materially and adversely affect the activities contemplated by the Contribution Agreement to be entered into between the Funders and the Applicant and the performance by the Applicant of its duties and obligations under such Contribution Agreement;
  2. all factual matters contained in the APPLICATION and Applicant Information are true and accurate, and that all estimates, forecasts and other related matters involving judgment were prepared in good faith and to the best of the Applicant’s ability, skill and judgment;
  3. the APPLICATION and Applicant Information does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact nor omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements contained herein or therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading:
  4. to the best of the Applicant’s knowledge the Applicant:
  1. has in respect to the Project assessed trade and competition impacts, including compliance with international agreements; and
  2. the Project complies with all applicable federal, provincial/territorial and municipal legislation; and
  3. neither the Applicant nor to the knowledge of the Applicant, any Project partner, has paid or agreed to pay either directly or indirectly, any contingency fees for the solicitation, negotiation, or obtaining of OCE funding, to any person including a broker, consultant or advisor. "Contingency fee" means any payment or other compensation that is contingent upon or is calculated upon the basis of a degree of success in soliciting or obtaining OCE funding. It is OCE policy that any applications or proposals that involve the payment of a contingency fee will be rejected.

Neither the Funders nor any of the Funding Parties will have any liability whatsoever or howsoever to any one or more of you, the Applicant and any Project partners, or any of them, in connection with this Call or any APPLICATION prepared in response to it.

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L. Contacts

For more information on the GreenON Food Manufacturing Program, please contact:

For business development assistance in preparation of applications:

Please contact your OCE Business Development Manager.

Central Ontario:
Balinder Rai
Senior Business Development Manager
Regions: Metropolitan Toronto
(416) 861 1092 x2425
balinder.rai@oce-ontario.org

Mary Dimou
Business Development Manager
Regions: Central Ontario
(416) 861 1092 x1089
mary.dimou@oce-ontario.org

Southwestern Ontario
Padraic Foley
Business Development Manager
Regions: Southwestern Ontario
(289) 684 3415
padraic.foley@oce-ontario.org

Tim Gibbins
Business Development Manager
Regions: Southwestern Ontario
(416) 861 1092 x6003
tim.gibbins@oce-ontario.org

Eastern & Northern Ontario
Dan Ruby
Business Development Manager
Regions: Eastern Ontario, Northern Ontario
(866) 759 6014 x3249
dan.ruby@oce-ontario.org

Richard Worsfold
Director, Business Development
Regions: Eastern Ontario, Northern Ontario
(416) 861 1092 x3252
richard.worsfold@oce-ontario.org

Tim Warland
Business Development Manager
Regions: Eastern Ontario, Northern Ontario
(613) 726 3420
tim.warland@oce-ontario.org

For general inquiries about the program: eligibility, funding, timelines, application process:

Shatha Qaqish-Clavering
Portfolio Manager, Greenhouse Gas Technologies
(416) 861 1092 x1110
shatha.qaqish-clavering@oce-ontario.org

For general inquiries about the online application system and application form, please contact the Application Support Team at (416) 861-1092 x2400 or application-support@oce.zendesk.com.