$252M “intial” emergency aid package coming for farmers, food processors hit by COVID-19

May 5, 2020.

The Liberal government unveiled a multimillion-dollar¬†aid package this morning aimed at helping farmers and food processors safely navigate the novel¬†coronavirus pandemic ‚ÄĒ aid that comes in response to concerns¬†about food security in Canada and the health of vulnerable food sector¬†workers.

But the funding envelope ‚ÄĒ an “initial amount,”¬†according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ‚ÄĒ falls far short of the $2.6 billion emergency fund requested by¬†the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.

Trudeau announced a new $77 million fund for food processors of various sizes, including meat packers, to help these businesses retrofit their factories and increase their capacity to deal with a backlog of livestock building up in parts of the county. Read more here