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Emergency Processing Fund - Screening checklist

The objective of this Screening Checklist is to help you determine if your proposed activities meet the requirements and priorities of the program before submitting a full application. Please read the Applicant guide before completing the form or submitting an application.

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The Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) is a one-time, federal investment of up to $77.5 million to help companies implement changes to safeguard the health and safety of workers and their families due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund also aims to aid companies to invest to improve, automate and modernize facilities to increase Canada’s food supply during COVID-19.

The EPF will provide up to $5 million per recipient in non-repayable funding for emergency COVID response activities and/or repayable funding for strategic investments.

The top priorities are to assist companies to make adjustments necessary to limit the possibility of COVID-19 infections in the workplace, and to increase humane slaughter capacity where the pandemic has caused surplus livestock.

Note: All applications related to the meat processing sector will be assessed on a priority basis.

Fields that are marked with (required) are mandatory fields

A. Applicant information

5. Mailing address (required)

6. Are you a for-profit organization, or cooperative, or Indigenous group? (required)
7. Have you been in operation for 2 years? (required)
8. Is your organization a small to medium enterprise (SME)? (required)

SMEs are defined as:

Fewer than 500 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (pre-COVID-19). Excluding wholly or majority owned subsidiaries of large companies.

B. Which of the following priorities does your project support?

1. Plant retrofits or adjustments to existing facilities to accommodate changes to processes and production as a result of COVID-19, includes eligible personal protective equipment (PPE):

a) Meat processing (required)
b) Other food processing or manufacturing (required)
2. Temporary increased capacity for humane slaughter of surplus animals resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. (required)
* If you answered “Yes” to priorities 1 or 2, does your project end by September 30, 2020

3. Improvements or modernizations:

a) Automation and modernization of food processing and manufacturer plants (required)
b) Upgrades to reopen shuttered meat facilities or to attain federal registration (required)
c) Conversion or adaptation of existing greenhouses to increase year-round horticultural production or to increase variety of products grown (required)

C. Are you eligible?

1. Does your project respond to emergency needs as a result of COVID-19 to maintain operational capacity and avoid prolonged closures? (required)
2. Is your request for funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) between $100,000 to $5 million? (required)
3. Have you secured the financing required as per the recipient funding cost-sharing ratio? (required)
  • 50:50 for SMEs
  • 25:75 for large companies (500 or more FTE employees (pre-COVID)
4. Are you a Canadian legal entity capable of entering into a legally binding agreement, i.e. a Contribution Agreement (CA) with AAFC? (required)
5. Are you involved in food production in Canada for human consumption i.e. agriculture food processing or agriculture food manufacturing or agricultural producers converting or adapting existing greenhouses? (required)

D. Additional comments

2. Is your organization unionized? (required)
3. If yes, is your union or occupational health and safety committee supportive of the measures your organization has put in place? (required)

A completed copy of this Screening Checklist must be included with your full application

If you have any questions about the Emergency Processing Fund application process or the documents that are required to support an application under the Emergency Processing Fund, please contact the program at 1-877-246-4682 or

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