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Emergency Processing Fund (EPF)

Grants to Canada Food Producers in Eligible
Areas for Support During the Coronavirus Crisis

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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B.C. Investment Agriculture Foundation (IAF) and Government of Canada

Deadline Date:

07/03/20 4:30 PM PDT


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Grants to Canada food producers in eligible areas for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to address the immediate needs of domestic production lines resulting from the pandemic. Grants are available to applicants with food processing, manufacturing, or greenhouse operations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.

Program funding is designed to support specific priority areas relating to food safety and security:

Priority # 1: Emergency COVID-19 Response: To assist companies to implement changes required by COVID-19 to safeguard the health and safety of workers and their families.

  • Plant retrofits or adjustments to existing facilities to accommodate changes to processes and production as a result of COVID-19. Meat processing facilities are the highest priority, followed by all other food processing, manufacturing, and greenhouse operations.
  • Temporary increased capacity for the humane slaughter of surplus animals resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priority # 2: Strategic Investments: To assist companies to improve, automate, and modernize facilities needed to increase Canada’s food supply.

  • 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.

For additional information about eligible activities, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190792

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $100,000 (per applicant) with the minimum application size being $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Eligible costs/activities can be retroactive up to and including March 15, 2020, and must be completed by September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are open to For-Profit Organizations, Cooperatives, and Indigenous Groups.

Additional eligibility:
- Be a legal entity capable of entering into a legally binding agreement
- Have been in operation for two years
- Be directly involved in food production in one of the following two areas: Agricultural food processing and manufacturing; or Greenhouse Operations: Agricultural producers that are converting or adapting existing greenhouses to increase year-round horticultural production

Seafood/aquaculture processing is not eligible under this program.

For information about ineligible costs, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted until Friday, July 3, 2020, at 4:30 PM PDT or until funding is fully committed, at which point the application window will close.

Applications will be reviewed, and a decision will be issued on or prior to July 13, 2020.

Eligible applicants are expected to contribute a minimum percentage of the total project cost as follows:
- 50% for Small and Medium Enterprises
- 75% for larger operators

Only cash contributions will be counted towards the cost-sharing ratio.

Contact Information:

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

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Northwest Territories   Saskatchewan   Yukon

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