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$252M 'initial' emergency aid package coming for farmers, food processors hit by COVID-19

The Liberal government unveiled a multimillion-dollar aid package May 5, 2020 aimed at helping farmers and food processors safely navigate the novel coronavirus pandemic — aid that comes in response to concerns about food security in Canada and the health of vulnerable food sector workers.

Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund

Federal Government new Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund to help Canada’s fish and seafood processing sector: $62.5 million of new assistance to the fish and seafood processing sector

The Agri-Food Open for E-Business initiative will help food producers, farmers markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries, and agricultural associations develop online business, providing consumers with greater access to a wide variety of food and agriculture products.

This targeted application intake features two funding streams:

  1. Bring Your Business Online. Eligible organizations and businesses can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to establish an online e-business and marketing presence. Funding under this stream will be quick and responsive for those needing immediate solutions.
  2. Develop Online Business Opportunities. Eligible organizations, businesses and collaborations can apply for cost-share funding of up to $75,000 to implement high-impact projects.

Ministry of Health Guidance for Temporary Foreign Workers  

Version 1 – March 31, 2020 
This guidance document provides basic information only.  It is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment or legal advice.    
Please check the Ministry of Health (MOH) COVID-19 website regularly for updates to this document, FAQs, and other information.

Farmers, fish processors eligible for $1,500 per employee to cover costs of mandatory 14-day self-isolation

$50M fund looks to help defray costs of quarantine for temporary foreign workers. More details coming when available. 

Letter of Support - Chatham-Kent Agriculture

Correspondence from Mayor Darrin Canniff

OFA information on COVID-19 pandemic

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is closely monitoring updates and recommendations from government and public health officials.

Canadian Federation of Agriculture

CFA has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it relates to Canadian Agriculture.

Farm Credit Canada

The Government of Canada has made available $5 billion through Farm Credit Canada for the agriculture sector to help bridge business needs. The near term credit available to farmers and the agri-food sector has been increased through Farm Credit Canada.

Location: 405 Riverview Dr, Chatham-Kent, ON N7M 0N3
Phone: 519-380-8810