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Governments Improve Food Safety in Ontario’s Licensed Meat Plants

Woodstock, Ontario - The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1.8 million to improve food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity at provincial abattoirs. Nearly 50 projects are being supported to help modernize meat plants and ensure they continue to produce high-quality, Ontario meat products.
The projects being funded in this intake include:
  • Enhancements to ventilation, refrigeration and process controls;
  • Replacing interior surfaces with non-porous materials;
  • Upgrades to equipment and structures to enhance on-site animal handling and housing.
This investment under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) will support local jobs, improve competitiveness, help protect Ontario’s food supply chain and uphold the province’s high safety standards for locally produced foods.
This targeted effort builds on other actions by the governments to support these businesses and the capacity of the agri-food supply chain, particularly during challenges faced because of COVID-19.
Additional investments include:
  • Committing $25.5 million to help minimize COVID‑19 exposure risks in the workplace and support the province's food supply chain through the Agri-food Prevention and Control Innovation Program.
  • Helping agri-food sectors cover the incremental costs associated with the mandatory 14-day isolation period through $50 million in federal funding for the Mandatory Isolation Support Program for Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW).
  • Investing up to $77.5 million through the federal Emergency Processing Fund to help companies implement changes to safeguard the health and safety of workers due to the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Increasing funding for the Ontario Risk Management Program by $50 million starting in 2020 to help farmers enrolled in the program deal with the severe market challenges resulting from COVID-19.
  • Increasing the amounts farmers can receive in AgriStability interim payments to 75 per cent of their estimated final payment to help with cash flow.
  • Building a Canada-Ontario AgriRecovery program for hog and cattle farmers to help cover increased costs of feeding market-ready animals due to COVID-19 related processing delays.
  • Enhancing the AgriInsurance coverage to include labour shortages due to COVID-19 during the 2020 growing season.
  • Launching an online toolkit with information on prevention, accommodations, wages, social, health and wellness assessments, and social supports that are available to farmers and their workers.
Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to approximately 4,200 projects through the Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.
Source : Government of Canada

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