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Emergency Processing Fund (EPF)

Grants to Canada Food Producers for
Support During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Government of Canada

Deadline Date:

07/31/20 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to Canada food processing businesses for assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to help companies implement safety changes that will enhance the health and safety of employees and their families. The fund also aims to help companies invest in improving, automating, and modernizing facilities to increase Canada’s food supply during the pandemic.

The program has two main objectives that are prioritized as follows:

Objective 1: Emergency COVID Response: To assist companies to implement changes required by COVID-19 to safeguard the health and safety of workers and their families. This funding will assist with:

  1. Plant retrofits or adjustments to existing facilities to accommodate changes to processes and production as a result of COVID-19 in meat processing, and other food processing or manufacturing
  2. Temporary increased capacity for the humane slaughter of surplus animals resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Other activities, as may be determined by the Minister

Objective 2: Strategic Investments: To assist companies to improve, automate, and modernize facilities needed to increase Canada’s food supply. This funding will assist with:

  1. Improvements or modernizations:
    • Automation and modernization of food processing and manufacturer plants
    • Upgrades to reopen shuttered meat facilities or to attain federal registration
    • Conversion or adaptation of existing greenhouses to increase year-round horticultural production or to increase the variety of products grown
  2. Other activities, as may be determined by the Minister

For additional information about eligible activities, see Section 1.2 of the URL for Full Text, below.

Eligible costs include:

  • Capital Assets: Tangible assets that are purchased, constructed, developed, or otherwise acquired.
  • Contracted Services: Professional or specialized services for which a contract is entered into.
  • Salaries and benefits directly related to completing the activities of the project.
  • Administration costs necessary to complete the project.Footnote2
  • Travel costs directly related to the project.
  • Other direct project costs for project-related deliverables. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190811

Estimated Size of Grant:

The EPF will provide up to $5 million per recipient in non-repayable funding for emergency COVID response activities and/or repayable funding for strategic investments.

Term of Contract:

All eligible activities must be completed and all costs incurred and paid by September 30, 2020. The program will fund activities retroactive to March 15, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For-profit organizations across Canada are eligible, including:
- Businesses and/or corporations
- Cooperatives
- Indigenous groups

To be eligible, an applicant must:
- Be a legal entity capable of entering into a legally binding agreement have been in operation for at least two (2) years
- Be involved in food production in Canada, in the area of:
1. Agricultural food processing – cleaning, sorting, cutting, packaging of food for consumption, or as an ingredient. This applies, as well, to agricultural producers growing or rearing product that has a processing line that processes products grown or reared at the facility. For example, greenhouses that also clean, sort and package their or other greenhouses production
2. Agricultural food manufacturing – comprised of establishments primarily engaged in producing food
3. Agricultural producers that are converting or adapting existing greenhouses to increase year-round horticultural production

Seafood processing and manufacturing organizations are not eligible under the fund.

For information about ineligible costs, see section 1.4 on the URL for Full Text, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted 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.

Organizations requesting less than $100,000 should contact their province/territory to apply. Organizations requesting more than $100,000 should complete the Screening checklist as an initial assessment of their eligibility.

Small and medium enterprises must have a 50:50 match. Large companies must have a 25:75 match.

Screening checklist information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Direct questions to 1-877-246-4682 or

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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