The new COVID-19 Response 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 April 1, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2021. Projects must be completed on or before Jan. 31, 2021. Governments will contribute a maximum of 50 per cent of eligible project costs, up to $25,000 per applicant.