Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program for Isolation

by Nathan Couvillon

Updated May 6th, 2021:

Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program (EAWPP):

  • Additional $10 M of funding available
  • Accessible for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), cleaning and disinfection programs, and redesigning work areas
  • Other unexpected costs due to COVID-19

Eligibility:

  1. Farms or Agri-food businesses with 3+ employees
  2. Apply on or after April 22, 2021, through November 30, 2021 (subject to funding availability)

Ontario Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs EAWPP webpage:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/agrifoodprogram.htm

Other Resources:

OAMFRA webinar series beginning May 18, 2021.

Date: Tuesday, May 18 @ 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Title: “Re-designed Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program Webinar – Funding for Prevention and Outbreak Management”.

Registration link: https://survey.clicktools.com/app/survey/go.jsp?iv=20vtbprqdbar4


Updated April 26th, 2021:

Intakes open for the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program (EAWPP) on April 22, 2021, and eligible expenses March 13, 2021. Funding is available through the following categories:

  1. The Workplace COVID-19 Prevention category will support the adoption of prevention and mitigation measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among agri-food workers/employees. Available cost-share funding is 60% of eligible expenses with funding limited to $15,000 per business per property.
  2. The Responsive COVID-19 Outbreak Management category will reimburse eligible applicants who have been impacted by outbreaks of COVID-19 and faced with extraordinary costs related to employee wage supports and worker/employee isolation. 100% funding of eligible expenses.

For more information and details of funding: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/agrifoodprogram.htm


Updated April 22nd, 2021:

Funding is available through the following categories:

1. The Workplace COVID-19 Prevention category will support the adoption of prevention and mitigation measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among agri-food workers/employees.

Available Cost-Share Funding:

    • 60 percent funding of eligible expenses
    • Funding is limited to $15,000 per business
    • Funding is limited to $15,000 per property

2. The Responsive COVID-19 Outbreak Management category will reimburse eligible applicants who have been impacted by outbreaks of COVID-19 and faced with extraordinary costs related to employee wage supports and worker/employee isolation.

Available Cost-Share Funding

    • 100 percent funding of eligible expenses

For more information: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/agrifoodprogram.htm


Updated March 1st, 2021:

Good afternoon,

The deadline to submit eligible expenses has been extended. Eligible submissions for project costs incurred on or after March 15, 2020 are received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available or until March 12, 2021. Please take advantage of the funding if you have any outstanding claims or additional purchases that may qualify. For more information on eligible expense, please use the link below:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/agrifoodprogram.htm


Updated January 22nd, 2021:

The Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program is for close contact and positive cases and also covers you for upgrades you may have in the workplace including PPE.

The Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program will help more operations, including farms, take additional measures to improve the health and safety of agri-food workers in the province during the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure the continued supply of locally grown food all year round.

Funding is available through the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program in the following categories:

  • The Preventative Occupational Health and Safety Measures category provides eligible farmers and other operations with cost-share funding to help support the health and safety of their employees through assistance with the purchase of such things as personal protective equipment, medical testing equipment, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection.
  • The On-Farm Worker Safety Improvement Program provides support for farm worker safety infrastructure projects up to $100,000 such as housing or workplace modifications and equipment to enhance physical distancing between workers.

Eligible submissions for project costs incurred on or after March 15, 2020, are received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available or until February 26, 2021.

For more information:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/agrifoodprogramguide.htm

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