Manitoba receives $1.9M in federal funds for Emergency On-Farm Support
November 19, 2020 By Greenhouse Canada
Ottawa has pledged $1.9 million for Manitoba farmers under the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund.
The investment from Ottawa is intended to help farmers better protect the health and safety of farm workers in Manitoba during the COVID-19 outbreak. Applications opened Nov. 10, 2020 and are administered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
“With this program, Manitoba farmers will have the support they need to ensure the right measures are in place to safeguard their employees’ health and safety and limit the spread of the virus,” says Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
The $1.9 million is based on an estimate of up to 259 farms applying
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.
Contributions under the AAFC-managed program will be cost-shared 50:50 with the applicants up to $100,000. An additional 10 per cent will be provided to women, youth, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, and Persons with disabilities, amounting to a 60:40 split as the Government of Canada promotes and empowers underrepresented groups in the agricultural sector.
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.
Applications for producers in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut are available via AAFC here.
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