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B.C. adds additional funding supports for B.C. farmers, processors to move online

The B.C. government is adding an additional $250,000 to support Buy BC e-commerce applications that were not covered by the original funding commitment of $300,000.


June 5, 2020
By Fruit and Vegetable

Due to high demand from B.C. farmers and food companies, the B.C. government is adding additional funding to support more of the Buy BC e-commerce applications that were received after the initial funding was committed.

In response to the first round of funding being committed in less than one week, the B.C. government is providing an additional $250,000 to support industry-led Buy BC activities focused on e-commerce, for a total of $550,000 under government’s Buy BC Partnership Program.

The additional funding will help fund the applications that came in after the program was fully subscribed on May 15, 2020. No new applications will be accepted.

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“The response the program received in the first round of funding from farmers, fishers and food and beverage processors was exceptional,” said Lana Popham, minister of agriculture, in the update. “The demand was so great that it was clear we needed to help more businesses move online so they can sell their products direct to consumers across the province.”

The program provides financial support for farmers and food and beverage processors to access and develop websites that help online sales. The program also helps cover the costs of marketing and shipping products to people throughout the province.

The funding is available to B.C. farmers, and food and beverage processors of all sizes, but to be eligible an applicant must have at least two years of business revenues, be licensed to do business in B.C. and be growing or processing one or more products in the province. Each successful applicant is eligible to receive up to $5,000.

The Province’s Buy BC Partnership Program is delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia.