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Immediate, one-time funding available for Personal Protective Equipment for B.C. processors


Food Processing Skills Canada announced Friday new enhancements to the funding of both the B.C. Post-Farm Food Safety Program and B.C. On-Farm Food Safety Program. These changes permit personal protective equipment (PPE) as an eligible expense for processor and farmer participants.

This funding will provide a one-time payment, of up to $7,500 for On-Farm participants, or up to $15,000 for Post-Farm participants, to better support the increased need for safety precautions in the agri-food sector resulting from COVID-19. Eligible processor and farm businesses can access funding to purchase PPE, and other approved safety supplies, for use at their facilities to maintain a safe workplace and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

“Including personal protective equipment purchases is an important addition to both programs. B.C. businesses, similar to businesses across Canada, are adapting to production in difficult times and that means maintaining the highest standards of food safety and health safety for front line workers. The requirement for PPE has significantly increased and this funding will help B.C. businesses,” said Jennefer Griffith, Executive Director, Food Processing Skills Canada.

The On-Farm and Post-Farm Food Safety programs are delivered by Food Processing Skills Canada in partnership with the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Province of British Columbia. Both programs support activities which directly encourage strong food safety practices. In 2019, the programs were fully subscribed and 2020 applications are now open.

“Ensuring the protection of our industries’ staff is critically important,” said James Donaldson, CEO of BC Food & Beverage. “This update to the Post-Farm Food Safety program will be a major benefit to assist companies in combating the escalating cost of personal protective equipment that is essential to continuing safe production.”

For more information on the B.C. programs or to apply go to Post-Farm Food Safety Program or On-Farm Food Safety Program.

About Food Processing Skills Canada

Food Processing Skills Canada is the workforce development and skills organization for Canada’s food and beverage manufacturing industry. Through our industry and government partnerships we provide internationally-recognized resources and programs that support food and beverage businesses in developing their workforce, and people in building their careers. Our labour market analysis and workforce development resources – FoodSkills Library, FoodCert & Canadian Food Processing Institute – are training the next generation of people and improving the industry’s workplace culture. To learn more about the organization please visit fpsc-ctac.com.


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2 Comments » for Immediate, one-time funding available for Personal Protective Equipment for B.C. processors
  1. Monika Hans says:

    Hi we are a food services provider and work with many local food brands. I was wondering how we can access the PPE Grant as we plan to re-launch in Aug-Sept timeframe. As a part of our safety program we would like to acquire PPE and noticed the funding has already been fully subscribed. Will there be new funding launched in the near-term?

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