Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program

With COVID-19 causing a massive shake-up across all industries, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has partnered with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) to create the Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program.

The Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program is addressing the new and immediate safety issues related to COVID-19 within the agri-food industry.

The program has two funding categories with the first being called “Occupational Health and Safety Measures” which provides up to 70% of project costs to a max of $7,500 per project. These projects can include cleaning/disinfectant supplies, PPE, and modifications within an agricultural operation to safely social distance (ex. installing physical barriers).

The second category of funding is called “Enhancing Healthy Workforce Access and Accommodation” which allocates up to $80.00 per day per employee towards short-term accommodations (ex. hotels, room rentals, cleaning supplies) to ensure employees follow social distance best practices. This funding will also cover up to $60.00 per day per employee for transportation and work-site mobility to ensure employees can still access the work site while social distancing. Please note that this second category of funding is for businesses that are currently addressing a COVID-19 outbreak or an employee that tested positive.

Who is Eligible to Apply ?

Project Category One: Occupational Health and Safety Measures

  • Be an established farm business that produces agricultural commodities in Ontario under a valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN), or an allowable exemption
  • The farm business must involve intensive use of labour where employees may operate within close proximity of one another, or where the operator is responsible for accommodating workers on- or off-site
  • Comply with all requirements of the law and remain in compliance for the duration of the project
  • Read, understand, and agree to the program’s Terms and Conditions

Project Category Two: Enhancing Healthy Workforce Access and Accommodation

  • Be an established farm business that produces agricultural commodities in Ontario under a valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN), or an allowable exemption. The farm business must:
    • involve intensive use of labour where employees may operate within close proximity of one another, or where the operator is responsible for accommodating workers on- or off-site; and
    • be addressing an on-farm outbreak of COVID-19 based on having had one or more persons at the operation test positive for COVID-19
  • Comply with all requirements of the law and remain in compliance for the duration of the project
  • Read, understand, and agree to the program’s Terms and Conditions

What Expenses are Eligible?

All eligible activities from both project categories must have been incurred on or after May 14, 2020.

Project Category One: Occupational Health and Safety Measures

  • Temporary or permanent modifications (ex. reconfigurations, shielding, barriers) and minor capital for infrastructure changes
  • Personal protective equipment for staff (ex. masks, gloves, and other protective gear)
  • Medical equipment (ex. COVID-related testing equipment, thermometers, etc.)
  • Safety-related services (ex. services to perform medical checks)
  • Cleaning/disinfection for cleaning (ex. cleaning supplies, third-party cleaning services)

Project Category Two: Enhancing Healthy Workforce Access and Accommodation

  • Short-term accommodations like hotels, dorm rentals, and cleaning and sanitation supplies for employees to follow social distancing best practices to a max of $80.00 per day per employee
  • Work-site mobility and transportation to enable employees to access the work site while practicing social distancing best practices to a limit of $60.00 per day per employee

Additional COVID-19 Funding Programs for Agri-Businesses

The Canadian federal and provincial governments know how important funding for agri-businesses is during the coronavirus pandemic. View our blog covering agri-business support programs during COVID-19 or reach out to a member of the Mentor Works team to find a funding program for your business.

During the pandemic, Mentor Works is committed to keeping businesses updated on the funding programs available to them through our COVID-19 support page, with the very latest news and information being available in our COVID-19 webinars.

 Register for the COVID-19 Canadian Government Funding Webinar on July 8, 2020

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Matthew has a background in digital marketing, working with small business owners on their branding, digital marketing strategy, and the execution of their campaigns. As a Marketing Coordinator at Mentor Works, Matthew continues to help business owners by creating educational content on what Government funding opportunities are available to Canadian businesses.

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