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.
COVID-19 and Food Processing
COVID-19 has caused significant changes and adaptation in Canada’s food system. As a result, Canadian food producers, processors, and manufacturers have taken on unexpected and exceptional activities associated with risk mitigation measures to be able to maintain Canada’s food production and keep workers and their families safe.
To date, 24 meat processing companies across the Prairies are receiving up to $7.8 million in funding through the program to help improve worker safety.
In Alberta, these projects include:
- Aliya’s Foods Limited – $406,999
- Bouvry Export Calgary Ltd. – $27,150
- Bry-Conn Developments Inc. – $16,576
- Canada Lamb Processors Ltd.- $22,404
- Cut-Rite Meats Ltd. – $71,432
- Forestburg Meat Processing Inc. – $137,271
- Harmony Beef Company Limited – $88,134
- Irvings Farm Fresh Ltd. – $44,250
- JBS Food Canada – $804,912
- Provost Packers Ltd. – $49,980
- Ryley Sausage (1991) Ltd. – $44,182
- Serben Farms – $14,500
- Soleterra d’Italia – $231,096
- Spolumbo’s Fine Foods & Deli – $69,472
- Trochu Meat Processors Ltd. – $63,287
- Viva Deli Inc. – $70,184
In Saskatchewan, these projects include:
- Drake Meat Processors Inc. – $49,500
- Pineview All Natural Meats Inc. – $40,000
- Prairie Pride Natural Foods Ltd. – $14,175
In Manitoba, these projects include:
- 6381023 Manitoba Ltd. – $320,000
- East 40 Packers Ltd. – $99,999
- HyLife Ltd. – $3,670,334
- Timothy’s Country Butcher Shop – $32,174
- Winkler Meats Ltd. – $1,447,693
In addition to these projects, Olymel, a Canadian meat packing and processing company headquartered in Quebec, is receiving up to $1.6 million through the Emergency Processing Fund, with a portion of the funding being used to support improved safety measures at its facilities in Alberta and Saskatchewan.