Emergency Processing Fund Manitoba, Nunavut and Ontario

The agriculture and agri-food sector is a critical industry that produces safe, high-quality food for Canadians. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused rapid and urgent adaptation in Canada’s food system to be able to maintain food production in Canada, while protecting the health and safety of workers, their families and communities. As a result, Canadian food producers, processors, and manufacturers have taken on unexpected and exceptional activities associated with risk mitigation measures to manage health and safety during the pandemic and to be able to maintain Canada’s food production.

The Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) is a one-time, federal investment of up to $77.5 million to help companies located across Canada 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 to increase Canada’s food supply during COVID-19. The fund is one part of the greater Government of Canada response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Agricultural Adaptation Council is a third-party organization delivering Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Emergency Processing Fund for Manitoba, Nunavut and Ontario.

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

Program objectives

The program has two main objectives and are prioritized as follows:

  • Objective 1 – Emergency COVID Response – to assist companies to implement changes required by COVID-19 to safeguard the health and safety of workers and their families. Eligible activities are described in section 1.3.
  • Objective 2 – Strategic Investments – to assist companies to improve, automate, and modernize facilities needed to increase Canada’s food supply. Eligible activities are described in section 1.3.

How to apply

The following application process is for applicants from Manitoba, Nunavut and Ontario

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis from program launch until 12:00 p.m. (midnight) EDT Friday, July 31, 2020 or earlier if funding is fully allocated before that date. 

The application process for the EPF is as follows: 

Step 1: Complete the Screening checklist. If you decide you are eligible and want to submit application(s) under the program, go to Step 2. 

Step 2: Complete the EPF - for Manitoba, Nunavut and Ontario Project Application Forms.

Step 3: Submit your application and accompanying documents to epf@adaptcouncil.org. Review the list of supporting documents outlined in Annex C of the Applicant Guide to ensure that you include all required documents in your complete application. Your application must be complete in order to be fully assessed. If your submitted application is assessed as incomplete, you will be notified by AAC to provide the missing information in a timely manner. An invitation to submit a full application does not constitute an offer of funding.

Applicants requesting less than $100,000 from other provinces/territories must apply to the organization in the province/territory of the project location as follows:  

Applicants requesting $100,000 and more from across Canada must apply as follows:

For further details for EPF for Manitoba, Nunavut and Ontario, please refer to the Applicant Guide in the side bar.


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