Food Waste Reduction Challenge: Novel Technologies

The Food Waste Reduction Challenge is currently accepting applications for Streams C and DThe deadline to apply is August 31, 2021.

Food Waste refers to all food that is grown, harvested, processed, manufactured or prepared for human consumption, but never eaten by people. It occurs at all stages of the food supply chain, from farm to plate.

In Canada and around the world, food waste continues to increase, resulting in an overuse of our natural resources such as water, soil and land, while contributing excess greenhouse gas emissions to our atmosphere. Meanwhile, a growing number of Canadians are facing food insecurity. Food waste is a complex issue, and there is no single solution. That is why the Food Waste Reduction Challenge includes four targeted innovation streams to accelerate and advance the deployment of diverse and high-impact solutions in Canada.

Challenge Stream C: Technologies that Extend the Life of Food

Challenge Stream D: Technologies that Transform Food Waste 

Challenge Streams C and D are launching together, with innovators competing for monetary and non-financial prizes over the next three years. These two streams, which focus on novel technologies, will have three reporting stages, during which innovators will need to demonstrate the effectiveness of their solutions. The most promising solutions will be recommended by an external review committee of subject-matter experts. Innovators will receive grant funding as well as other benefits to help them succeed. 

Who can apply: 

  • Businesses and social enterprises of any size
  • Not-for-profit and charitable organizations
  • Indigenous organizations and groups
  • Post-secondary/academic institutions
  • Individuals or group of individuals

International applicants with a Canadian partner or an ability to register to do business in Canada are encouraged to apply.


  • $100,000
    Up to 18 semi-finalists will be selected in Stage 1 and will receive approximately $100,000.
  • $450,000
    Semi-finalists will move into Stage 2 and compete for a chance to be a finalists and receive approximately $450,000.
  • $1,000,000
    Finalists will compete in Stage 3 to win one of two Grand Prizes of up to $1,000,000.

Key Dates 

  • August 31, 2021
    Stage 1 - Concept application deadline
  • Fall 2021
    Up to 18 semi-finalists announced
  • Fall 2022
    Stage 2 - Up to 12 finalists announced
  • Winter 2023
    Stage 3 - 2 Grand Prize Winners announced

Website: Challenge | Impact Canada

Upcoming Deadlines

August 31, 2022August 31, 2022 *
August 26, 2022 Aug. 26, 2022 August 26, 2022 16:00:00 August 26, 2022 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Food Waste Reduction Challenge: Novel Technologies Impact Canada is no accepting applications for Stream C and D for the Food Waste Reduction Challenge: Novel Technologies funding opportunity. Deadline to apply is August 31, 2021. Kindly click on the link for more information about this opportunity. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.