Funding Programs

Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF)

The AFF is a contribution program funded jointly by the federal, provincial and territorial governments, focused on three areas:

  • Innovation to encourage the development of new products and technologies in the harvesting, aquaculture, and processing sectors
  • Infrastructure to encourage the use of new technologies or processes to improve sustainability
  • Science partnerships to form industry-based collaborations with academia and other research institutions to improve our knowledge and understanding

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Contact: Stephen Lewis 


Phone: 902-394-7758

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.

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Contact: National Coordinator



PEI Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Innovation and Growth (RIG) Program

The RIG Program is designed to encourage the fisheries and aquaculture sectors of PEI to improve efficiency, quality, and productivity by adopting innovative solutions through industry-led applied research and development.

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Contact: Program Officer


Phone: 902-838-0983

Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund

To address the challenges facing the fish and seafood sector, and to capitalize on new market opportunities, the program supports:

  • Branding and promotional strategies that increase the recognition of Canada as a global leader in providing high quality, legally and sustainably sourced, value-added products
  • Maintaining and accessing new markets
  • Ensuring product integrity throughout the supply chain
  • Strengthening relationships and fostering increased collaboration and organization within the Canadian fish and seafood sector

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Phone:  1-844-795-9718

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.