Start Up & Scale Up

Dairy Farmers of Ontario's (DFO) Start Up & Scale Up Innovation Programs help new dairy entrepreneurs enter the dairy processing industry through mentorship/specialist support and financial funding (if eligible). DFO's Innovation Programs are separated into two streams: Start Up & Scale Up.

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Start Up

The Start Up Program is for new start-up dairy processors who require support setting up their business. Mentoring is available to participants including a diverse set of specialists based on your needs. The main goal of the program is to help participants complete a business plan which will assist you with financing your idea, navigate the dairy industry and moving to the Scale Up program.

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Scale Up

The Scale Up Program is for dairy processors who are either in-market or close to processing their intended products. With a completed business plan, participants enter the Scale Up program and are eligible to submit expenses towards a matching grant of $10,000.00 from DFO. Further mentoring support is also available through this program.

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Quota and Milk Transportation Policies

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Milk Allocation Policies

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DFO Dairy Processing Handbook

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