Funding Programs

Aquaculture Technology Adoption Program (A-TAP)

The Aquaculture Technology Adoption Program (A-TAP) will enable PEI aquaculture businesses to increase product quality, overall productivity and/or sustainability through the adoption of new technologies.

Eligible applicants may receive a contribution of up to 70%, to a max of $69,999, for the acquisition of new equipment. Eligible activities must be new (not replacing existing equipment) and implemented or adopted in PEI and should also reflect the industry sector priorities detailed in the Program Guidelines.

Applications can only be submitted using the official application form, available for download below.

Application Form: click here

Application Guidelines: click here

Contact: Peter Warris, Executive Director, PEI Aquaculture Alliance

Phone: Office: 902-368-2757, Cell: 902-626-9031


The A-TAP is funded by the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) a joint federal-provincial funding program

Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP)

ACRDP promotes collaborative research activities between the aquaculture industry and DFO, teaming industry representatives with DFO researchers.  The key goals of the program are to:

  • Improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian aquaculture industry;
  • Increase collaborative research between the department and industry;
  • Facilitate the process of technology transfer and knowledge mobilization; and
  • Increase scientific capacity of the Canadian aquaculture industry for essential aquaculture research and development.

More information: click here

Contact: National Coordinator



Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) Programs and Initiatives

ACOA works to create opportunities for economic growth in the region by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative, and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada.

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Contact: PEI Regional Office

Phone:  1-800-871-2596


The Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF)

Invests in the types of products and experiences that showcase Canada’s strengths, while also growing tourism beyond major cities and the summer season. 

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Food Product Development Assistance

Is available to Prince Edward Island businesses to access professional and technical assistance in creating or improving a new food product or process. This assistance can be used to develop and test new and improved products and processes, and other technical development-related activities.

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The PEI Oyster & Mussel Product Development Program

Has been developed to provide assistance to PEI companies who are seeking to develop a new PEI value-added oyster or mussel product that will meet market/consumer demand and generate new sales.

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The Food Island Partnership also has a number of other food development rated programs that may be of interest.