COVID-19

COVID-19 Financial support for farmers and food processors

An all-inclusive information portal is available to help farmers, food processors and agri-food businesses find information on new and existing programs and financial resources to address hardships that many are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These initiatives help to:

  • Maintain workforces,
  • Keep facilities safe,
  • Provide access to capital,
  • Manage processing slowdowns and surpluses, and
  • Ensure Canadians continue to have access to a stable food supply

Learn more about at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada website.

Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Program

Manitoba Pork has been doing “farmer math” on the CANADIAN EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY (CEWS) program to see if it will generate real cash to offset the drop in hog and weanling prices. This example shows how they think you can get money from this program.

Simply put, they found that CEWS will pay up to $847 per week per employee on your farm – IF you have seen farm revenue drop 15-30% since March. This loss should not be hard to show on many farms.

The other critical step is, YOU MUST FILL OUT AN APPLICATION to receive CEWS! Plan on taking an hour to complete the application, according to an eastern producer who applied.

CEWS is retroactive to March and is good until December 19, 2020. Follow the instructions on the attached document.

If you get denied, please let Pork Nova Scotia know. We are in contact with government officials on how to make programs work for producers and will do whatever we can to help you out.

Support Canadian Farmers

Our Canadian farmers & food supply chain need support to mitigate the massive disruptions from COVID-19, to continue to provide all Canadians with a wide variety of affordable, nutritious food.

Visit Support Canadian Food to send a message of support to your MP today!

Emergency Processing Fund: Atlantic Canada

Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. is pleased to be delivering the Emergency Processing Fund: Atlantic Canada for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for the Agriculture Processing Sector

The Emergency Processing Fund aims to incent strategic investments to maintain and increase domestic food production and processing critical to domestic food security and the domestic food supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Atlantic Canadian agriculture processing companies, please refer to the documents at www.perennia.ca/coronavirus for Atlantic Canada Program information.

Please start by reading the Program Applicant Guide and completing the Pre-Screening Checklist to determine eligibility. Perennia can be contacted at programs@perennia.ca or at 1-877-710-5210 toll-free or 902-678-7722.

COVID-19: Agriculture Response Program

This program is designed to help Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry’s competitiveness, productivity and profitability.

There are four streams for funding under the COVID-19 Response and Mitigation Program. The funding doesn’t need to be repaid:

Stream 1: COVID-19 Mitigation and Adaptation for Health Protocol:

Applicants are eligible for 75% funding assistance on total eligible project costs to a maximum of $50,000 per program year, to help applicants comply with recommended health protocols.

Stream 2: COVID-19 Marketing, Product Movement and Distribution

Agriculture companies and registered Nova Scotia farms as applicants are eligible for 50% funding assistance on total eligible project costs to a maximum of $20,000 per project.

Stream 3: COVID-19 Strategic Projects

Initiatives at a sector or industry level will be reviewed for funding on an individual basis. If they’re deemed to meet the objectives of the Program, they will be assessed on an individual merit, impact and reach basis.

Stream 4: COVID-19 Abattoir Efficiency and Development

Applicants are eligible for 75% funding assistance on total eligible project costs to a maximum of $50,000 per program year.

Additional information, such as eligibility, how to apply and the application form, can be found here.

Perennia’s COVID-19 Adaptations

As of May 27th, Perennia’s Agriculture Specialists have begun limited restart scenarios for on-farm visits. Please see the below PDF for additional information.

Perennia COVID-19 Adaptations

AAFC – YESP Announcement

May 26, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is taking steps to ensure the resilience of the food supply chain and to provide support to keep the agriculture sector strong. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, today announced an investment of up to $9.2 million to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) and fund up to 700 new positions for youth in the agriculture industry.

This additional funding will help the agriculture industry attract Canadian youth, ages 15 to 30, to their organizations to assist with labour shortages brought on by the pandemic. This program aims to provide youth, and particularly youth facing barriers to employment, with job experience in agriculture that will provide career-related work experience.

The YESP will provide agriculture employers up to 50 per cent of the cost of hiring a Canadian youth up to $14,000. Indigenous applicants and those applicants hiring a youth facing barriers are eligible for funding of up to 80 per cent of their costs.

Eligible applicants include producers, agri-businesses, industry associations, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations and research facilities. Employers may apply for this funding retroactive to April 1, 2020, with projects to be completed by March 31, 2021.

Application forms are available through the Youth Employment and Skills Program, or to get more information, please contact aafc.yesp-pecj.aac@canada.ca, or call: 1-866-452-5558.

AgriStability Enrolment Deadline Extended

The initial fee deadline (unless otherwise shown on your Enrolment Notice) for the 2020 program year only has been extended from April 30 to July 3, 2020.

Additional information, including the application process and the AgriStability Benefit Estimator, can be found by clicking here.

Wellness Together Canada

For many Canadians, COVID-19 is having a major impact on their everyday lives, as they work to pay their bills, put food on the table, and take care of themselves and their families. That is why it is more important than ever that Canadians have access to the tools and resources they need to support their health and well-being.

The Prime Minister announced an investment of $240.5 million to develop, expand, and launch virtual care and mental health tools to support Canadians.

Wellness Together Canada is an online portal that provides Canadians with free resources, tools, and professional support services to help with wellness and resilience, as well as mental health and substance use. It will also support a growing family of digital products that includes the Canada COVID-19 app, which helps people track their symptoms, receive the latest updates, and access trusted resources.

NSDA – Laboratory Services Update

Samples will be accepted effective immediately with testing to begin the week of May 4, 2020.

Laboratory Services COVID-19 Notice

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