Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced a number of initial projects funded under the $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund.
Nationally, a total of 32 projects have been approved so far, for up to $10.54 million in funding. Funding has helped businesses purchase reusable PPE, sanitation stations and protective barriers, make adjustments to production lines to enable social distancing, develop additional training and adopt other measures that help safeguard employees from COVID-19. All remaining projects are currently being assessed and will be finalized in the coming weeks.
Minister Bibeau made the announcement while visiting the Exceldor Cooperative plant in Quebec. A total of seven food processors in Quebec have been approved so far for up to $1.8 million in funding to support their efforts in keeping their employees safe. They include Exceldor, Sunnymel Limited Partnership, Breton Tradition 1944, Oly-Robi Transformation Commandité, Saputo Dairy Products Canada, Serres Toundra Inc. and Montpak International.
The Emergency Processing Fund is focused on projects to help companies respond to the urgent health and safety needs of workers in agri-food sectors impacted by COVID-19, with an emphasis on supporting meat processing facilities.
The Government of Canada will continue working with food processors to ensure the well-being of essential workers in food processing plants across Canada while strengthening the resilience of our food supply chain.
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