Meat plants receive funding

The federal government is investing $12.2 million through the Emergency Processing Fund for 42 meat processing companies in Ontario.

The funding is designed to help recipients adopt measures to keep employees safe and increase the capacity of the facilities.

This includes making adjustments to enable social distancing, purchasing reusable personal protective equipment, implementing biosecurity measures, installing protective barriers and developing employee training.

Funds also support facility upgrades and new equipment to help boost production capacity.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused challenges for meat processing plants.

To date, the Emergency Processing Fund has provided up to $32.5 million for a total of 188 projects in Ontario.

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