From: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
June 12, 2020 (Ottawa, Ontario): COVID-19 has caused significant changes and adaptation in Canada’s food system. As a result, Canadian food producers, processors, and manufacturers have taken on unexpected and exceptional activities associated with risk mitigation measures to be able to maintain Canada’s food production.
That is why the Government of Canada is taking steps to ensure the resilience of the food supply chain and to provide support to keep the agriculture sector strong.
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, today launched the $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) as part of the Government of Canada’s action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of COVID-19.
The program will prioritize projects based on two objectives:
Eligible applicants include for-profit organizations, cooperatives and indigenous groups. Activities can be retroactive to March 15, 2020 and must be completed by September 30, 2020. Information on the application process is available through the Emergency Processing Fund or to learn more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 1-877-246-4682.
“Canadian food processors are key to ensuring Canada’s food supply chain is protected during COVID-19, and beyond. Our Government understands the challenges that Canadian food processors, producers and manufacturers are facing. This Emergency Processing Fund will help our processors to adapt their activities to ensure the safety of their workers, and to increase their capacity of production.”
- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
• Applications are being accepted (AAFC Emergency Processing Fund) on a continuous basis until 12:00 p.m. (midnight) EDT Friday, July 31, 2020 or earlier if funding is fully allocated before that date.
• This announcement builds on the measures we have introduced to keep Canada’s agri-workforce strong, including:
• An investment of up to $9.2 million to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) and fund up to 700 new positions for youth in the agriculture industry.
• Travel exemptions for all temporary foreign workers, including seasonal agricultural workers and fish/seafood workers.
• $50 million to help the farming, fish harvesting, and food production and processing sectors cover the incremental costs of associated with the mandatory 14-day isolation period imposed under the Quarantine Act on temporary foreign workers upon entering Canada.
• An expanded Canada Summer Jobs program to prioritize agri-food workers.
• IRCC changes to its process to allow temporary workers with an employer-specific work permit, including in agriculture, to quickly change employers when they find a new job. Workers who used to wait 10 weeks or more to begin a new job, will now only wait 10 days or less.
• A pilot project for temporary foreign workers who work year-round in the agriculture industry to have a pathway to permanent residency.
• A ‘Step up to the Plate’ employment portal and agriculture jobs recruitment campaign.
• Emergency Processing Fund
• Supporting Canada’s farmers, food businesses, and food supply
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Supporting Canada’s food processing and production sectors
The Emergency Processing Fund was part of the $252 million suite of initiatives that the Prime Minister announced on May 5, 2020, to respond to vulnerabilities in food supply chains in light of COVID-19.
The Government is putting in place $77.5 million to incent strategic investments to maintain and increase domestic food production and processing critical to Canada’s food supply. Food processors can receive up to $5 million, per recipient, to help enhance worker health and safety and for domestic food processing.
The Emergency Processing Fund will offer:
• Emergency COVID Response - funding to help companies implement changes to safeguard the health and safety of workers, their families, and communities.
• Strategic Investments - funding to help companies improve, automate and modernize facilities to increase Canada’s food supply capacity.
Eligible costs related to a project will be shared between the Program and the successful applicant. Small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) can receive up to 50 per cent of total eligible costs. Larger companies can receive up to 25 per cent of total eligible costs.
All eligible activities must be completed by September 30, 2020. The program will fund activities retroactive to March 15, 2020.
Eligible activities include:
Emergency COVID Response
• Activities associated with adjustments made, as a result of COVID-19, to existing plants to implement added public health protocols and requirements and adapt production processes for the health and safety of workers and their families, such as: non-disposable or reusable personal protective equipment (PPE), including:
▪ body temperature screening/fever detection systems
▪ washing stations
▪ workstation dividers/protective barriers
▪ full and half face-piece respirators
▪ impact goggles and face shields
Activities can be retroactive to March 15, 2020 and must be completed by September 30, 2020.
Eligible applicants include:
Applicants requesting less than $100,000, depending on the project location will apply as follows:
Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick
Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc.
Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec
Ontario, Manitoba and Nunavut
Agricultural Adaptation Council
Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories
Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC *
* The organization will work with Western Economic Diversification Canada to promote and coordinate the program in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Applications requesting $100,000 or more in funding will be delivered by Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada. To apply please visit Emergency Processing Fund.
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