Business Resources

Funding opportunities for the Agri-Food Businesses in Simcoe North

Important changes to the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program (EAWPP) effective November 17, 2021  (implemented to support worker health and safety during COVID-19).

Changes include:

  • An extended application deadline to February 1, 2022, or until funding is fully allocated.
  • Under the Workplace COVID-19 Prevention category:
    • An increased amount of cost-share funding for eligible expenses up to a total of $50,000 from the current $15,000 maximum. The cost-share will continue to be 60% of the eligible expenses.
    • Expanded eligibility to include food and beverage processors with three or more employees, agri-food industry organizations/associations, and poultry catchers/vaccinators and professional barn cleaners.
  • Under the Responsive COVID-19 Outbreak Management category:
    • Expanded eligibility to include poultry catchers/vaccinators and professional barn cleaners.
    • Expansion of eligible expenses to include extraordinary costs resulting from extended COVID-19 quarantine period beyond 14 days.

NOTE: Businesses that already applied to EAWPP will be contacted directly with instructions on how to amend their application under the expanded eligibility.


The Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s (CAP) Meat Processor Capacity Improvement Initiative.

This intake is a $7 million investment for provincially licensed meat processing plants and will provide up to $150,000 per project for equipment to increase productivity and food safety.

Consulting and engineering costs are also eligible.

Applications open on November 19.