The overall goal of the Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Program (AIMAP) was to catalyze aquaculture industry investment from the private sector, as well as other sectors, that would:
These goals contributed to the DFO strategic outcomes of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture and healthy and productive aquatic ecosystems. Contribution funding under AIMAP was intended to enable recipients to plan, manage and complete projects that would achieve these strategic outcomes.
The AIMAP was a nationally competitive process with calls for proposals issued on an annual basis, and based on priorities established in consultation with provinces, territories and sector stakeholders. The program focused on one year duration projects with demonstrable industry-wide benefits implemented by the end of the project.
Under this program a maximum of $4.5 million in DFO contribution funds was available annually to support innovation initiatives, and a maximum of $0.2 million in DFO contribution funds was available annually to support market access initiatives.