Exceptions to industry contributions

The Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP) is a DFO initiative to improve the competitiveness of a sustainable Canadian aquaculture industry by increasing the level of collaborative research and development activity between the aquaculture industry and the department, and other key partners.  The program has been operating since 2000. 

While the industry has grown considerably, some sectors have not fully matured or achieved stability and it is recognized that, in exceptional circumstances, the ratio for the industry contribution (7.5% in-cash and 22.5% in-kind of the ACRDP amount requested) is difficult to attain and exemptions to this requirement may be considered.

To be granted exception status, an ACRDP proposal seeking a reduced cash contribution:

  • must be submitted by an industry association or a group representing the majority of industry in a sector to ensure that it is a high priority and is likely to have a broad impact on the industry as a whole;
  • must provide justification for the request for exception;
  • must be submitted to the ACRDP National Coordinator;
  • must be reviewed and approved by a three-person subcommittee of the ACRDP National Steering Committee (one federal, one provincial and one industry representative) to ensure harmonization and consistency in application of the exception criteria; and
  • must commit the proponent to a minimum of 3% cash contribution, while the in-kind contributions must increase such that the 30% overall industry contribution for the project is maintained.

Criteria for exceptions and process requirements will be reviewed and revised, as required, after one year.


If an industry association does not exist for a particular sector (i.e., emerging species), the industry applicant can provide two letters of support from other growers or farmers, along with the application for funding to help demonstrate the potential for impact on the industry at a broad level.