Grants and Contributions

Automation and Digital Technologies in the Agriculture and Agri-food Sector
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Jul. 7, 2020 - Mar. 31, 2029
The Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) will accelerate the automation and digitization of Canada’s agricultural sector to build autonomous processes, modules and machines that leverage data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI). As a result the project will grow and diversify Western Canada’s economy and create significant opportunities for the region’s world-class agriculture and agri-food sector.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
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The Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) will support the creation of highly skilled jobs and new businesses in the agricultural sector. It will also lead to the acceleration of technology adoption and the creation of an integrated data stream in which AI deep learning will identify problems, alert producers, and suggest solutions. CAAIN’s work in smart agriculture management and automation is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, limit land and water usage.

Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1K1H3
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Grants and Contributions
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Not-for-profit organizations and charities
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The Amendment has been completed to extend the project agreement end date from 2027-03-31 to 2029-03-31. This is a non-repayable contribution.

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Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network Inc.
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Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network Inc.
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SIF Stream4 - Demonstration
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The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) attracts and supports new high-quality business investments. In allocating funding, SIF looks to accelerate areas of economic strength, strengthen and expand the role of Canadian firms in regional and global supply chains, support economic strategies, and attract investment that creates new, good, well-paying jobs.

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