November 24, 2020 By Fruit and Vegetable
In the last few weeks, the Government of Canada has invested additional funding in support of improved on-farm safety measures. The most recent recipient was Manitoba, which was allotted $1.9 million under the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund (EOFSF). These investments are intended to help farmers to better protect the health and safety of farm workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Eligible activities include direct infrastructure improvements to living quarters and work stations, temporary or emergency housing (on or off-farm), as well as personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitary stations, work stations and any other health and safety measures that safeguard the health and safety of Canadian and temporary foreign workers from COVID-19.
The Government of Canada is investing a total of $35 million to improve health and safety on farms through the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund. Funding is either administered through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) or provincially.
Provinces/Territories with AAFC-administered funding:
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
Provinces with provincially administered funding:
- Nova Scotia
- Ontario, administered through the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program, which provides an additional $15 in support from the Ontario government;
- Prince Edward Island: applications will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2021, through the PEI Department of Agriculture and Land;
- Quebec: applications will be accepted by La Financiere agricole du Quebec (FADQ) from Dec. 14, 2020, to Feb. 26, 2021. Application portal in English ou en français.
The application period for British Columbia has already closed.
Activities covered under the EOFSF can be retroactive to March 15, 2020, and must be completed by Feb. 26, 2021. Applications are reviewed as they are received and priority is given to farms at the highest risk of a COVID-19 outbreak. As such, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as quickly as possible.
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