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BDP: Self-Assessment Subprogram

Program Contact
Name: Suzanne MacNeill
Email: slmacneil@gov.pe.ca
Phone: 888-8040
Resources:

PROGRAM OBJECTIVE
To encourage Prince Edward Island farmers to assess their current farm management practices and skills; to build on the strengths they have identified; then to develop and implement sound business management practices and Action Plans.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Applicants will have the opportunity to attend a Self Assessment workshop, complete a self assessment workbook, develop an action plan with a facilitator and receive funding towards implementation of their Action Plan.

NOTE: Applicants, who have previously completed an Action Plan, are not eligible to receive funding towards implementation of their Action Plan.  However, they will have the opportunity to attend a Self Assessment workshop, update their Self Assessment workbook, and update or re-develop an Action Plan with a facilitator.
 
Self-assessment and goal-setting will be carried out in eight core areas:  production, marketing, financial management, human resources, social responsibility, succession planning, business structure, and business goals.


ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
  • Agricultural producers

See DEFINITIONS for more details regarding the criteria for eligibility.


ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES
Applicants will participate in a facilitated business self-assessment and goal-setting workshop.  Presentations on business management topics may be integrated into the workshop to enhance the experience for applicants.  

Applicants will work through the Self-assessment workbook and identify goals to develop an Action Plan.  Partners, co-shareholders, spouses and other key persons in the business are also encouraged to complete a Self-Assessment workbook and share their results to reach a consensus on the Action Plan for the business.

As a follow-up to the Self-Assessment workshop, applicants will have access to a maximum of three hours of one-on-one time with a facilitator to further refine the identified goals and approve the Action Plan.

Note:
Applicants with existing Action Plans, will have access to a maximum of three hours of one-on-one time with a facilitator to re-do the self-assessment and update the approved  Action Plan if the approved plan is at least five years old.

Beginning Farmers with existing Action Plans, will have access to a maximum of three hours of one-on-one time with a facilitator to re-do the self-assessment and update the approved Action Plan if the approved plan is at least two years old.

Applicants who wish to have their Action Plans updated and approved before five years (or two years in the case of Beginning Farmers), may make arrangements to do so with the Program Lead.

Ineligible Expenses include capital items and operating expenses

Eligibility of all expenses is at the discretion of the Business Development Program Evaluation Committee.


ASSISTANCE
Assistance for this program will be provided as follows:
  • Workshops will be organized by the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries at no cost to applicants.  All resources will be provided.
  • Follow-up facilitator services will be provided for 3 hours with the applicant.
  • Applicants with an approved Action Plan may be eligible to receive up to $1500, within 24 months of attending a workshop.  Projects must be pre-approved by the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and be for the purposes of:
    • implementing an approved Action Plan and/or;
    • 50% of an applicant’s costs associated with one year’s enrollment in the Prince Edward Island Agricultural Production Insurance program and/or;
    • 50% of an applicant’s program fee in the AgriStability Program.
 
Note:
Applicants receiving Business Risk Management assistance through the Future Farmer Program of the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will not be eligible for assistance through this program in the same year.

Applicants who completed an approved Action Plan under Growing Forward I are not eligible to receive funding towards the implementation of their completed Action Plan under this program.

Applicants who attended a Self-Assessment workshop from January 2012 to May 2012 will be eligible for financial assistance to implement their approved Action Plan until March 31, 2015.
        
Applicants with an approved Action Plan may be eligible for a greater rate of cost-sharing when accessing other Canada - PEI Business Development Programs.
Note: Separate applications are required for these programs.

                                
APPLICATION AND APPROVAL PROCESS

Step 1. Register for the workshop by contacting the Program Lead.

Step 2. Attend the workshop.

Step 3. Complete Self-Assessment workbook.

Step 4. Meet with a facilitator to complete an Action Plan

Step 5. Submit a completed and signed application for implementation funding to:
    PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
    120 Harbour Drive
    Summerside, PE    C1N 5L2
    Attention: Suzanne MacNeill
    slmacneil@gov.pe.ca
    Fax:  902-432-2634

Step 6. Within 24 months of attending the Self-Assessment workshop submit a claim form for the implementation funding to the Program Lead


CLAIMING PROCESS
To be reimbursed, applicants must submit a claim form to the Prince Edward Island
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries with invoices and proof of payment.  

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Only one application per farm entity for implementation funding is permitted over the life of the program.
  • Only items pre-approved by the Department will be eligible for assistance.
  • Verification of completion of funded activities may be required.
  • Attendance at a workshop or completion of an Action Plan is not to be construed as approval for other Development Programs.
  • Applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria may be granted special permission by the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to attend a workshop, but will not be eligible for follow-up with a facilitator or any other assistance provided by this program.
  • Recipients of funding under this program are consenting to the public release of their name, the amount of funding received, and the general nature of the project.
    
TERMINATION    
This program is effective April 1, 2013 and will terminate on March 31, 2018.  This program may be altered or discontinued without notice by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

ADMINISTRATION
This program is administered by the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

CONTACT

General Inquiries:
Agriculture Information Desk
PEI Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Toll-free:  1-866-734-3276
Tel: 368-4145
Email: peiextension@gov.pe.ca

Ver.2  04/01/15


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