Apply for Covid-19 Funding: Application Webinar on Feb 2, 2021

Reposted from ONFloriculture

Enhaced Worker Protection Program

Have you applied for OMAFRA’s Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program (EAWPP), to help mitigate risks and costs from COVID??? If not, there’s still time!

Funding continues to be available until February 26th, 2021 on a first come, first serve basis. Funding up to $15,000 per farm is available for preventative health and safety measures.  Up to $100,000  is available per property for on-farm worker safety improvement programs.

Links to expenses covered under the EAWPP program are included in the post below. Additionally, OMAFRA is running a webinar on Feb 2nd, 2021 to help growers navigate applying for the different program categories. Keep reading for details.

4 workers on a potting line in a greenhouse
Workers on a potting line pre-Covid, one of the higher density areas in the greenhouse, can potentially pose risks.

Program Basics:

DID YOUR FARM BUSINESS incur costs related to COVID-19? Funding is available to help mitigate costs in the following categories:

  • Preventative Occupational Health and Safety Measures for preventative occupational health and safety measures such as personal protective and medical testing equipment, enhanced cleaning and disinfection supplies and more. Learn more
  • Worker Wages and Isolation Expenses for worker wages and isolation cost reimbursements for workplace positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts ordered to isolate. Learn more
  • On-Farm Worker Safety Improvement Program for farm worker safety infrastructure projects up to $100,000 such as housing or workplace modifications and equipment to enhance health and safety of workers.  Learn more

Eligible applications for cost-share funding related to worker protection will be received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available OR until February 26th, 2021.  This means it may be an advantage to submit an application as early as possible.

Upcoming Webinar:

WHAT: Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program Webinar

WHEN: February 2nd, 12:00pm (1 hr)

Description: Funding is available through this program to help eligible farm businesses with expenses related to the COVID-19 response. Bradley Shaw from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will provide an overview of the program, eligible expenses and how to submit your application. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

HOW: Register for this Zoom meeting using the link below!
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpd-mtqz0qGND39g1LlbgYLrmXhmnrsaqN

More Information:

For more details, a one-page summary (with links) can be downloaded here: EAWPP-Handout_Letter_EN-AODADownload

Or, contact OMAFRA at1-877-424-1300  or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca or http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/agrifoodprogram.htm  – French language services are available

About Jen Llewellyn

OMAFRA Nursery and Landscape Specialist @onnurserycrops
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