Nova Scotia farms get $1.2 million to help offset COVID costs

Government program will cover safety costs associated with mitigating the spread of the virus

Nova Scotia farmers can now apply to a $1.2-million government program aimed at covering workplace health and safety costs associated with preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Agri-Food Canada is providing $983,500 of the total funding for the emergency on-farm support fund, while the province is adding about $246,000.

Farms with five or more workers can be eligible for up to 75% of eligible costs for things such as personal protective equipment, to a maximum of $50,000.

In a news release issued Friday, Nova Scotia Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell said it was a priority to ensure all workers could perform their jobs safely during the pandemic.

Colwell said supporting farm workers ensures the protection of a high-quality food supply.

Farmers seeking to apply for funding must do so online before Dec. 31.

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