COVID-19: Resources for the agri-food industry

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is working closely with stakeholders and other partners to support the safety of Ontario's farmers, agri-food workers and Ontario's food supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For information specific to food processors, visit COVID-19: Resources for food processors.

Funding

  • The Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program is now open. This new, $10 million funding helps more farmers and agri-food operators purchase personal protective equipment, enhance cleaning and disinfection and redesign workstations to better protect workers. The program will also help farmers who experience unexpected costs as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak among on-farm employees.
    • Farms and agri-food businesses that hire three or more employees will be eligible for funding.
    • Additional businesses and workers are eligible including corn detasselers, transporters, hatcheries, and primary processing.
    • The intake is open from April 22, 2021, and applications are being accepted until the funding has been fully distributed or until November 30, 2021.
  • The Agri-tech Innovation Program is a $22-million cost-share program that will help farming operations and processor businesses adopt innovative and new technologies.
    • The Early Adopters funding stream supports implementation of sector-specific, unique and innovative technologies in the workplace that enhance protection of workers against COVID-19, lead to increased business efficiencies and productivity, and help build the sector's resilience. Intake opened May 17, 2021 and closed June 21, 2021.
    • The Innovator Stream is the targeted second phase of the Agri-tech Innovation Program to provide funding to develop larger-scale collaboration projects aimed at enhancing the health and safety of workers and increasing productivity. The Innovator Stream intake focuses on ground-breaking projects where innovation is new to Ontario, North America or the agri-sector. Intake opened August 19, 2021 and will close September 27, 2021. Detailed program information and application form can be found here.
  • Canadian Agricultural Partnership: offers cost-share funding to support farmer, processor, other businesses, sector organizations and strategic partnerships. Funding offered through the program is subject to change based on the timing of application intakes and the availability of funds.
  • Provincial and Federal COVID-19 Financial Supports for Farmers: summary of federal and provincial support programs for Ontario's Producers. The information is current as of the publication date; however, it may be subject to frequent changes.

Prevention, Control and Best Practices

Government Partners

For questions on workplace infection prevention and control related to COVID-19 infections, employers can contact local public health units.

Industry Partner Resources

Sector Specific COVID-19 Resources


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca