Minister Bibeau unveiled the Quebec terms of the Emergency Fund for farm support measures, which represents $ 7.5 million for Quebec.
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Jasmine Rondeau Local Journalism Initiative – La Tribune Quebec agricultural producers will finally benefit from $ 7.5M to better protect their workers in a pandemic context, i.e. one fifth of the $ 35M budget allocated by the federal government to the Emergency Fund for farm support measures. And it is women, young people and under-represented groups who stand to gain the most.
Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau unveiled the Quebec terms of this program on Tuesday, along with Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, André Lamontagne. She announced in particular that requests for assistance could be submitted from December 14 to the Financière agricole du Québec, the entity designated to administer this program.
Minister Bibeau estimates that around 1,000 producers will be able to benefit from this aid, either for the improvement of housing and workstations for workers, the purchase of personal protective equipment, hygiene facilities or other health and safety measures. Extraordinary costs associated with a COVID-19 outbreak are also eligible.
This is retroactive assistance, which can be applied to expenses that were made between March 15, 2020 and February 26, 2021.
Producers will be able to obtain reimbursement of up to 2% of declared wages or 50% of eligible claims, with the exception of women, young people or under-represented groups who are majority owners: these may receive 2.4 % of salaries or 60% of their expenses.
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