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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a large-scale outbreak across the globe. After the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the local authorities in different countries including Canada have taken decisions on public health to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Canada Invest $2.5 Million to Grow Agri-food e-Business During COVID-19

  •  The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $2.5 million to help the agri-food sector expand online, providing more opportunities for producers to grow their business and offer more food choices for families who are shopping from home during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The funding is being provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership).
  • The Agri-Food Open for E-Business initiative will help food producers, farmers markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries, and agricultural associations develop online business, providing consumers with greater access to a wide variety of food and agriculture products.
  • Bring Your Business Online. Eligible organizations and businesses can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to establish an online e-business and marketing presence. Funding under this stream will be quick and responsive for those needing immediate solutions.
  • Develop Online Business Opportunities. Eligible organizations, businesses and collaborations can apply for cost-share funding of up to $75,000 to implement high-impact projects.

Canada announces new Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund to help seafood processing sector

Canada’s fish and seafood sector is essential to our collective food security and our economy. The Government of Canada recognizes the need to support the hard-working women and men of the industry during this challenging time of COVID-19.

  • The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced $62.5 million of new assistance to the fish and seafood processing sector. This new Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund will help businesses:

a) access short-term financing to pay for maintenance and inventory costs;
b) add storage capacity for unsold product;
c) comply with new health and safety measures for workers;
d) support new manufacturing/automated technologies to improve productivity and quality of finished seafood products; and,
e) adapt products to respond to changing requirements and new market demands.

  • This investment will help ensure the resilience of the food system by allowing Canada’s fish and seafood processing sector to safely and efficiently process, store, package, and distribute healthy, high-quality products, sourced from our fish harvesters and aquaculture operators, onto the plates of Canadians.
  • The funding announced will provide tangible assistance to help address the financial strain and instability that the fish and seafood processing sector is facing.
  • The Government of Canada will continue to work with provincial and territorial partners, industry, Indigenous communities, and stakeholders to identify impacts from the evolving COVID-19 situation.

The Governments of Canada and Manitoba will be supporting a project which will allow local food producers and farmers’ markets to sell their products online.

  • •Canada and Manitoba will be providing a total of $160,000 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to Direct Farm Manitoba to purchase a software platform that will allow Manitobans to order food online from local producers and farmers’ markets.
  • The funding will also go toward the development of a network of pick-up and delivery options to connect consumers with their orders, and the development of COVID-19 safe handling and packaging practices for producers and processors.

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