Feds and province give more cash to make agri-food sector COVID-19 safe

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Agri business are getting more financial help to coer the costs of keeping workers safe during COVID-19.

The federal and provincial agriculture ministers today announced $11.6 million more to help producers build physical barriers for worker separation, upgrading HVAC systems and enhancing hand-washing facilities.

Under the program, the amount farmers can claim for expenses like personal protective equipment, transportation and temporary housing will double to $15,000.

The program also includes a new category for small capital projects up to $100,000 to pay for housing modifications and workplace accommodations that allow for more physical distance.

Ontario’s agri-food sector supports more than 837,000 jobs in Ontario and contributes more than $47.5 billion each year to the province‚Äôs economy.