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Government of Canada invests $945,000 to further protect Prince Edward Island farm workers during COVID-19

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – The Government of Canada recognizes the critical role of the food supply chain and is committed to improving the safety of these workplaces.
 
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of $945,000 under the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund to help Prince Edward Island (PEI) farmers better protect the health and safety of farm workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This federal funding will be delivered by the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Land.
 
Eligible activities include direct infrastructure improvements to living quarters and work stations, temporary or emergency housing (on or off-farm), as well as personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitary stations, work stations and any other health and safety measures that safeguard the health and safety of Canadian and temporary foreign workers from COVID-19.
 
Applications will be accepted through Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Land website from October 29, 2020 to January 15, 2021. Contributions under the program will be cost-shared 50:50 with the applicants, up to $30,000 per farm operation. An additional 10 per cent will be provided to women, youth, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, and Persons with disabilities, amounting to a 60:40 split as the Government of Canada promotes and empowers underrepresented groups in the agricultural sector.
Source : Government of Canada