Agriculture and Agri-Food officially 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 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.
Food processors can receive up to $5 million, per recipient, to help enhance worker health and safety and for domestic food processing.
Eligible applicants include for-profit organizations, cooperatives and indigenous groups. Applicants have to be in operation for at least two years and involved in agricultural food processing or manufacturing in Canada.
Activities can be retroactive to March 15, 2020 and must be completed by September 30, 2020. 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. Information on the application process is available through the Emergency Processing Fund.
The program will prioritize projects based on two objectives:
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. Applications requesting $100,000 or more in funding will be delivered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
All eligible activities must be completed by September 30, 2020. The program will fund activities retroactive to March 15, 2020.
Under Emergency COVID Response:
Under Strategic Investments:
Applicants requesting less than $100,000, depending on the project location will apply as follows:
Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc.
Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec
Agricultural Adaptation Council
Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC *
* The organization will work with Western Economic Diversification Canada to promote and coordinate the program in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
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