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Maintaining & strengthening Canada’s food production & processing sector

What the program offers

The Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) is a one-time, federal investment of up to $77.5 million to help companies implement changes to safeguard the health and safety of workers and their families due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund also aims to aid companies to invest to improve, automate and modernize facilities needed to increase Canada’s food supply capacity. The fund is one part of the greater Government of Canada response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The EPF will provide up to $5 million per recipient in non-repayable funding for emergency COVID response activities and/or repayable funding for strategic investments.

All eligible activities must be completed by September 30, 2020. The program will fund activities retroactive to March 15, 2020.

Who is Eligible

  • For profit organizations that are incorporated in Canada (i.e. businesses and/or corporations, cooperatives, Indigenous groups);
  • In operation for at least two (2) years
  • Involved in agricultural food processing or manufacturing in Canada

Eligible Activities

Objective 1: Emergency COVID Response – Non-repayable contributions.

1. Plant retrofits or adjustments to existing facilities to accommodate changes to processes and production as a result of COVID-19

  • Meat processing
  • Other food processing or manufacturing

2. Temporary increased capacity for humane slaughter of surplus animals resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic

3. Other activities, as may be determined by the Minister

Objective 2: Strategic Investments – Repayable contributions.

1. Automation and modernization of food processing and manufacturer plants

2. Upgrades to reopen shuttered meat facilities or to attain federal registration

3. Conversion or adaptation of existing greenhouses to increase year-round horticultural production or to increase variety of products grown

4. Other activities, as may be determined by the Minister

Need help applying? Granted is a paid service that helps agri-food companies access Canadian grants, they have a +94% success rate.  Click here to learn more or contact Rukshaar Ali, Agri-Food Grant Expert, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The program is open now and accepting applications until Friday July 3, 2020 at 16:30 PDT or until funding is fully committed. Please get in touch with Granted Consulting by June 25th, to ensure there is enough time to prepare your application.

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