1. Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  2. Financial help and social supports
  3. Emergency On-Farm Support Fund Program

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Emergency On-Farm Support Fund Program

The Emergency On-Farm Support Fund Program helps farms improve their workers’ health and safety by limiting the spread of COVID-19 in agriculture operations.


Eligible project costs include:

  • adjustments to farm operations to ensure worker safety during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • personal protective equipment
  • costs related to training workers on COVID-19 protocols

Applicants are eligible for assistance of 75% on eligible project costs to a maximum of $50,000. Disposable personal protective equipment is capped at 10% of eligible project cost, to a maximum of $7,000.


Farms can apply to the program if they:

  • are currently registered under the Farm Registration Act
  • have an owner who is at least 19 years old
  • report gross commodity income of at least $30,000
  • have at least 5 employees
  • adhere to the Federal Quarantine Act

How to apply

  1. Review detailed program guidelines in the Program guidelines: Emergency On-Farm Support Fund Program (PDF).
  2. Complete the application form (PDF).
  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