What this program offers

The Emergency Farm Support Fund (FUMSF), a $ 35 million program, was launched on July 31, 2020 to strengthen protection for Canadian workers and temporary foreign workers and fight outbreaks of COVID-19 on farms.

The Agricultural Producer Development Program to bear some of the additional costs associated with activities that improve the health and safety of all agricultural workers, both Canadian and Temporary Foreigners (TFWs), limiting the spread of COVID-19 on farms.

The program will provide a maximum non-repayable contribution of $ 100,000 per recipient for emergency response activities related to COVID-19.

Eligible activities may be retroactive to March 15, 2020 and must be completed by February 26, 2021.

Who is eligible

Eligible recipients are primary Canadian agricultural producers (for example, a farm, ranch or other operation) that produce agricultural products for resale and employ farm workers (domestic and temporary foreign workers). They can include:

  • sole proprietors
  • partnerships
  • corporations/cooperatives/communal organizations
  • trusts
  • band farms

Aquaculture production is not eligible under the program.

Applicants do not have to have registered temporary foreign workers to be eligible.

Eligible recipients must adhere to all of the provisions of the Quarantine Act, including but not limited to the mandatory 14-day isolation period for temporary foreign workers.

Should AAFC become aware of an applicant breaching any part of those requirements, the recipient will no longer be eligible for the funding. Any amounts already paid to the recipient will be considered a debt to the Crown.

Eligible safety measures

Eligible activities can be retroactive to March 15, 2020 and must be completed by February 26, 2021.

Eligible activities include:

  • On-farm retrofit or adjustments to existing agricultural operations to cover extraordinary costs associated with COVID-19 to ensure worker safety, such as:
    • work space adjustments to allow for proper safety measures and physical distancing
    • enhancements to required employer-provided housing for workers as a result of COVID-19 to ensure worker safety
    • support for temporary housing arrangements for workers in cases where existing facilities cannot adequately allow or be modified to allow for physical distancing (off-farm housing options are eligible where required for prevention of the spread of COVID-19 or control where an outbreak of COVID-19 is confirmed)
    • additional transportation to and from employer provided housing and job-sites to allow physical distancing as a result of COVID-19
  • Disposable and non-disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) that are incremental to normal operations due to COVID-19, such as:
    • disposable PPE such as masks, sanitizer, etc.
    • non-disposable PPE such as body temperature screening, face shields, etc.
  • Other associated costs related to worker training and safety COVID-19 protocols, such as:
    • costs associated with worker implementation of enhanced protocols such as interpretation services or training on COVID-19 protocols.

How to apply

Before you apply, please read the Applicant guide for detailed information on eligibility criteria and the application process.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as quickly as possible.

If you are an agricultural producer in Quebec:

Quebec

Quebec: Emergency On-Farm Support Fund
Telephone: 1-800-749-3646
Fax: 418-833-3871

After you apply

Consult the applicant’s guide