Agriculture Sector Resources
Resources for Dufferin County's Agriculture Sector during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Step up to the Plate: Help Feed Canadians
Many Canadians have seen their jobs affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Now is the time to take advantage of the many employment opportunities available in the agriculture and agri-food sector.
Farm Credit Canada - Support for your business
At FCC, we understand the challenges you’re facing to keep your business running during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early in the crisis, we worked with the federal government to announce increased support for customers and our industry. Recently, we’ve expanded our offering to include the following:
- Term loans up to $2.5 million, with no fees and an 18-month interest-only option available over a 10-year amortization. Funds can be used for working capital and to modify production due to the impacts of COVID-19.
As the situation evolves, so will we. Rest assured, we’re in your corner and are responding accordingly to any changes in the market to ensure we have the right support measures in place. No matter if you’re a small or a large operation, we’re here to help.
Create an "If I get sick" farm action plan
Farm Credit Canada and farm experts strongly advise to develop a straightforward plan or list that allows for basic business continuity in case of serious illness.
Dufferin County Agriculture Virtual Round Tables 2.0
“Growing Opportunity Through COVID-19”
April 28 and 29, 2020
Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
Visit OMAFRA for Agriculture & agri-food industry safety during COVID-19 and available agriculture & food jobs in Ontario and more!
Visit the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) for resources related to COVID-19. ***As part of the OFA's partnership with the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC), OFA members receive a free annual membership to the AgriHR Toolkit ($99 value). ***
- Summary of Government Financial Assistance
- Feeding Your Future: Connecting Ontario's Agri-food Workforce
- Guide to Operating your Essential Farm Business During COVID-19
- A Guide for Direct Sales to Consumers During COVID-19 and Beyond
- Essential Seasonal and Domestic Workers - Template Letter
NOTE: The Agri-Food Open for E-Business grant intake has been paused due to high demand.
Canadian Agricultural Partnership
The Partnership offers cost-share funding to support farmer, processor, other businesses, sector organizations and strategic partnerships.
Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA)
CFA has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it relates to Canadian Agriculture and will be providing weekly updates.
Food for Thought: Growing Business InDufferin
Dufferin County recently conducted an Agriculture and Food Business Retention and Expansion project. Staff visited 164 businesses over the course of five months in an effort to get a sense of the existing business climate in Dufferin County as it pertains to Agriculture and Food. The data has been compiled into a final report, and staff are now working on implementing the Agriculture and Food Action Plan.