On-farm Automation and Innovation Program

The On-farm Automation and Innovation Program supports investments in innovative technologies that require testing and knowledge sharing in Nova Scotia before widespread adoption. Innovative technologies need to align with the following Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership priorities:

  • building sector capacity, growth and competitiveness (for example, labour efficiencies and productivity enhancements)
  • climate change and environment (for example, efficient input use, reduced GHG emissions)
  • market development and trade (for example, technology for new product development)
  • resiliency and public trust (for example, improved climate change resilience, farm safety, animal welfare)


To be eligible, you must be a farm or Mi'kmaq conducting farming activities in a Mi'kmaw community.
For farms, you need to:

  • be currently and properly registered in the correct income category under the Farm Registration Act
  • have generated an annual eligible gross commodity income of at least $30,000
  • be at least 19 years old and actively farming in the program year
Refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed eligibility.

Deadline or important dates

Program opening: 3 July 2024
Application deadline: 15 August 2024
Claim deadline: 31 December 2024

How to apply

Complete the Program Application Form (make sure to check the application for details on all required supporting documents). Send your completed application and supporting documents to the Programs Division office.

You also need to complete the Program Funding Registration Form.


Department of Agriculture
Programs Division
74 Research Drive
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2

Phone: 902-893-6377
Toll-free: 1-866-844-4276
Fax: 902-893-7579


Program Guidelines
Program Application
Program Funding Registration Form - Farm Applicants