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Federal emergency processing fund to help producers adapt to COVID

June 19, 2020  By Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (edited)

First announced in early May by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, applications for the new $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) launched late last week. Online applications are open to projects that help domestic greenhouse operators, food processors and manufacturers manage new health and safety protocols while maintaining Canada’s food production.

The program will prioritize projects based on two objectives:

  • Emergency COVID Response to assist companies to implement changes required by COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of workers. This funding will assist with:
    • plant retrofits or adjustments to existing operations to accommodate changes to processes and production
  • Strategic Investments to assist companies to improve, automate, and modernize facilities needed to increase Canada’s food supply capacity.

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,” says Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food.


The EPF will provide up to $5 million per recipient in non-repayable funding for emergency COVID response activities and/or repayable funding for strategic investments.

All eligible activities must be completed by September 30, 2020. The program will fund activities retroactive to March 15, 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.

For requests of less than $1,000,000, contact the organization in the province/territory of the project location to apply.

For requests of $1,000,000 or more, apply to AAFC directly.

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