Coronavirus (COVID-19): Agriculture Response Program

The COVID-19 Agriculture Response Program is designed to help Nova Scotia's agriculture industry mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry's competitiveness, productivity and profitability.

Program streams

There are 2 streams for funding under the COVID-19 Agriculture Response Program. The funding doesn't need to be repaid.

Stream 1: COVID-19 mitigation and adaptation for health protocols

Applicants are eligible for 50% funding assistance on total eligible project costs to a maximum of $30,000 per program year, to help applicants comply with recommended health protocols.

Stream 2: COVID-19 strategic projects

Initiatives at a sector or industry level will be reviewed for funding on an individual basis. If they're deemed to meet the objectives of the Program, they will be assessed on an individual merit, impact and reach basis.


These businesses and organizations can apply to the program:

  • farms:
    • if the owner is at least 19 years old and is actively farming in the program year
    • if the farm is registered in the correct income category under the Farm Registration Act
  • agri-businesses:
    • that represent identifiable Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food products
    • that conduct value-added processing of a raw Nova Scotia agriculture product (at least 50% of the business's product), showing a direct partnership and significant economic impact to Nova Scotia's primary agricultural activity
  • agricultural industry associations:
    • that represent identifiable Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food products
    • that can prove their not-for-profit status

How to apply

  1. Review detailed program guidelines in the Program guidelines: COVID-19 Agriculture Response Program (PDF).
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Check the application form for details on all required supporting documents.
  4. Send your completed application and supporting documents by mail, email or fax.

Before you start

Read the program guidelines for full program details, including eligible expenses.

Clients who are new to Department of Agriculture funding programs need to complete the Program Funding Registration Form for their type of business or organization. If you're a returning client, use the form if you need to update your information.


Programs and Business Risk Management Division
Department of Agriculture
74 Research Drive
Bible Hill B6L 2R2

Phone: 902-893-6377
Toll-free phone: 1-866-844-4276
Fax: 902-893-7579