PEI Emergency On Farm Support Fund

The Direct to Farm Support: Prince Edward Island (PEI) Emergency On Farm Support Fund (EOFSF) is designed to support enhanced on-farm mitigations activities to improve the health and safety of all farm workers, domestic and temporary foreign workers, by limiting the spread of COVID-19 in agricultural operations.

Who is eligible for funding?

  • Mi’kmaq First Nations and other Indigenous Organizations who are primary agricultural producers;
  • Primary agricultural producers;
  • Small to medium-sized agri-businesses;
  • Others may be considered upon request.

Note: Cost-sharing between Government and Recipient is increased from 50:50 to 60:40 for under-represented groups. See EOFSF Guidelines for details.

What types of activities and expenses are eligible for funding?

Activity 1: Adjustments on farm operations as a result of COVID-19 to ensure worker safety. For example:

  • Added sanitation (cleaning and disinfection) and security requirements.
  • Adjustments to current processes and processing stations to accommodate social distancing
  • Adjustment to transportation to ensure social distancing during movement on-farm or between off-farm accommodations and on-farm (e.g., renting or leasing vehicles).
  • Technological modifications to adhere to public health protocols (i.e. HVAC modifications or upgrades)
  • Equipment such as safety barriers (e.g. Plexiglass dividers)
  • Purchase/rental/lease of additional housing (on farm), portable buildings, and/or installations/site modifications. For farm business where an outbreak of COVID-19 is confirmed, off-farm housing options would also be eligible.
  • Enhancement to required employer-provided housing for workers as a result of COVID-19 to ensure worker safety;
  • Support for temporary housing arrangements in cases where existing facilities cannot adequately allow for physical distancing;
  • Site modifications and/or transportation for wellness checks
  • Disinfection and cleaning in the event of a farm outbreak
  • Third-party disinfection and cleaning services to adhere to public health recommendations

Activity 2: Incremental disposable and non-disposable personal protective equipment (disposable PPE is capped at 10% of the maximum funding amount, meaning a maximum of $3,000 per applicant). For example:

  • Body temperature screening/fever detection systems, including thermal scanners
  • Washing stations
  • Workstation dividers
  • Full and half facepiece respirators
  • Impact goggles and face shields
  • Face masks and coverings, including N95 masks
  • Sanitizers and cleaning products
  • Particulate filters and gas/vapor cartridges
  • Safety glasses
  • Disposable gloves

Activity 3: Cost related to worker training and safety protocols. For example:

  • Expenses associated with worker implementation of enhanced protocols, such as:
    • Interpretation services, training on COVID-19 protocol
    • COVID-19 related signage and other written materials (e.g., COVID-19 protocols, etc.).

Where can I find more information?

Who do I contact about Direct to Farm Support: PEI Emergency on Farm Support Fund for COVID-19?

EOFSF Program Officer
PEI Department of Agriculture and Land 11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Phone: (902) 314-1607

Published date: 
November 16, 2020
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Charlottetown, PEI C1A 7N8

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