The governments of Canada and Manitoba announced $3 million cost-shared Canadian Agricultural Partnership program to support agricultural processors mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced.
The Initiative will provide financial assistance to agri-food and agri-product processors, food distributors and agri-food industry organizations for:
- personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies;
- business continuity practices, training and resources to support COVID-19 mitigation; and
- beginning in September financial assistance will also be available for materials, supplies and equipment rentals needed to adapt production processes to meet social distancing and other precautions related to COVID-19.
Eligible costs must be directly related to the execution of a project, and must be incurred between March 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. Projects must be completed on or before January 31, 2021. Governments will contribute a maximum of 50 per cent of eligible project costs, up to $25,000 per applicant.