The $ 252 million in aid announced by the Government of Canada for farmers will help producers in the Outaouais, according to Pontiac MP, William Amos.
« These new federal funds are good news for agricultural producers in the riding of Pontiac, he said in a press release. We have a diverse agricultural sector that is affected in many different ways by the effects of COVID-19, particularly in terms of market volatility. New Federal Aid Will Help Outaouais Farmers Manage Current Risks We Know During This Uncertain Period », he added.
The program to buy back surplus food is particularly important in local organizations in the region, according to William Amos, notably at Moisson Outaouais, Bouffe Pontiac, Wakefield Food Pantry, Center Alimentaire Aylmer, La Soupière de l’Amitié de Gatineau, Le Grenier des Hills and other food banks. “No food should be wasted during this pandemic because there are so many Canadian families in need,” said MP Amos.
«We are united in our efforts to combat the negative effects of COVID-19 on health, society and the economy. I will always support the farming community in the riding of Pontiac. », concluded Mr. Amos.
The funding was announced on May 5th to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 in the agricultural sector. This investment aims to support producers, food companies and processors in the country.
This new agricultural program has unveiled several new funding initiatives, including:
$ 125 million for a nationwide Agri-Recovery initiative to assist producers who face additional costs as a result of COVID-19, including keeping cattle and hogs longer on the farm by because of the temporary closure of food processing plants.
An emergency fund of $ 77.5 million to help food processors adjust or modernize their facilities, production lines and operations, so that they can better supply Canadians with work environments safe.
A $ 50 million surplus food buy-back program to help redistribute existing and unsold stocks, including vegetables and meats, to local food banks that serve the most vulnerable Canadians.