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Governments of Canada and Manitoba announce new program to help agri-processors mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - The governments of Canada and Manitoba announced a new $3 million cost-shared Canadian Agricultural Partnership program to support projects that will help agricultural processors mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced.
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 March 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. Projects must be completed on or before January 31, 2021. Governments will contribute a maximum of 50 per cent of eligible project costs, up to $25,000 per applicant.
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