Maintaining and strengthening Canada’s food production and processing sector
“Canadian food processors are key to ensuring Canada’s food supply chain is protected during COVID-19, and beyond. Our Government understands the challenges that Canadian food processors, producers and manufacturers are facing. This Emergency Processing Fund will help our processors to adapt their activities to ensure the safety of their workers, and to increase their capacity of production.”
- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Applications are being accepted (AAFC Emergency Processing Fund) on a continuous basis until 12:00 p.m. (midnight) EDT Friday, July 31, 2020 or earlier if funding is fully allocated before that date.
This announcement builds on the measures we have introduced to keep Canada’s agri-workforce strong, including:
- An investment of up to $9.2 million to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) and fund up to 700 new positions for youth in the agriculture industry.
- Travel exemptions for all temporary foreign workers, including seasonal agricultural workers and fish/seafood workers.
- $50 million to help the farming, fish harvesting, and food production and processing sectors cover the incremental costs of associated with the mandatory 14-day isolation period imposed under the Quarantine Act on temporary foreign workers upon entering Canada.
- An expanded Canada Summer Jobs program to prioritize agri-food workers.
- IRCC changes to its process to allow temporary workers with an employer-specific work permit, including in agriculture, to quickly change employers when they find a new job. Workers who used to wait 10 weeks or more to begin a new job, will now only wait 10 days or less.
- A pilot project for temporary foreign workers who work year-round in the agriculture industry to have a pathway to permanent residency.
- A ‘Step up to the Plate’ employment portal and agriculture jobs recruitment campaign.
Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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