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Forestry Sector Safety Measures Fund (FSSMF)

Grants to Nova Scotia Small and Medium-Sized Forestry-Related
Businesses to Offset the Financial Effects of COVID-19

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Government of Nova Scotia - Department of Lands and Forestry

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02/26/21 Email or Postmarked


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Grants to Nova Scotia small and medium-sized forestry-related businesses to offset the negative financial effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to reimburse companies for costs associated with implementing COVID-19 safety and health regulations.

The Forest Sector Safety Measures Fund (FSSMF) will provide grants to the most vulnerable forest sector companies, which have shouldered significant additional costs to keep workers and local communities safe. In doing so, the program will help maintain the critical forest sector infrastructure needed in rural communities and for Canada’s longer-term climate commitments.

Expense Eligibility:

Recognizing that COVID-19 health and safety measures can vary across types of operations and jurisdictions, Natural Resources Canada has devised guiding principles to determine eligibility of expenditures. Eligible expenses are:

  • Incurred by a forest sector small or medium-sized enterprise.
  • Incremental expenses directly related to the implementation of COVID-19 health and safety measures (e.g., personal protective equipment, handwashing stations, extra vehicles and accommodations in work camps, extra sanitization efforts, and facilities for self-isolation in work environments).
  • Incremental, discrete, and distinguishable from changes in revenues or productivity (e.g., lost revenues from reduced sales effectiveness would not be eligible).
  • Incurred at places of work or work camp location.

Expenses determined to be eligible using the principles above will fall within the following categories:

  • Salaries and benefits, and worker training and development
  • Management, professional and technical services
  • Printing, production, publication and distribution and other media services
  • Contractors
  • Materials and supplies
  • Routine laboratory and field equipment maintenance
  • Transportation rental, operation, and maintenance
  • Rental, upgrading or expansion of facilities
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Travel expenses including accommodation, and venue expenses
  • GST, PST or HST, net of any tax rebate to which the recipient is entitled

For more details on Eligible Expense Categories, see here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194237

Estimated Size of Grant:

Reimbursement will be subject to funding available through Natural Resources Canada allocation for Nova Scotia.

Term of Contract:

The initial call for applications will include expenses incurred between April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible recipients will be those companies or entities that are:
- Small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs). Companies are considered small or medium-sized if their employee count averages less than 500 employees in the last 12 months.
- Forest sector enterprise. Natural Resources Canada defines “forest sector enterprises” as those whose primary business activities are listed under one of the following North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) codes: forestry and logging (NAICS 113), support activities for forestry (NAICS 1153), wood product manufacturing (NAICS 321), and pulp and paper manufacturing (NAICS 322).

Companies providing goods or services to the forest sector but whose primary activities are not listed under the NAICS codes (113, 1153, 321, 322), such as transportation, housing, or equipment, are not eligible.

Personal COVID-related costs such as the cost of employees isolating at home would not be eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due to be submitted by email or postmarked mail by February 26, 2021.

Applications will be considered for approval on a case-by-case basis, subject to program eligibility criteria, assessment criteria, and funding constraints.

The preferred method to apply for FSSMF Funding is to utilize the online Interactive Application Form. If this is not possible then the form may be downloaded, printed, and manually submitted (see Supporting Documents below).

Contact Information:

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

Online application form:

If you can’t complete the online application form, you can use the paper application form and submit it by mail or email. Submit to or through Canada Post/courier to:

Forest Sector Safety Measures Fund Program
c/o Strathlorne Forest Nursery
15039 Route #19, P.O. Box 489
Inverness, Nova Scotia B0E 1N0

If you have questions regarding how to complete or process the COVID Expense List or Application Form, please email or call 902-258-2626.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Nova Scotia;

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