Funds for personal protective equipment (PPE) are being topped up by $2.25 million to help Ontario farmers during the COVID-19 outbreak. These funds are in addition to the announcement made several days ago for provincially-licensed meat processors.
Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the federal and provincial governments are launching the second intake of the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program. Funds can be used to purchase personal protective equipment, enhanced cleaning and disinfection products and redesigning workstations.
Support is also available for farmers who experience unexpected costs for housing and transportation as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak among on-farm employees.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is now accepting applications and will expedite the approval process to help support workplace health and safety in the agri-food sector. Eligible applications will be received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs May 14, 2020 news release.