Trudeau announces over $252 million to help Canada's agriculture and food industry

Elias Hubbard
May 6, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced more COVID-19 pandemic aid to the agriculture sector.

The government will provide processing plants with $77-million to purchase more personal protective equipment, adapt to health protocols, and expand or adapt their processing capacity.

In total, Trudeau today announced $252 million to support to help the agricultural industry.

"My husband worked from 7am to 9pm in his office, then I was the one with the children, so I had to be extremely careful", Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau told public broadcaster Radio-Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosts a media conference on May 3 at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa.

"The more we cooperate, the more likely that we find a cure and find it quickly".

The announcement comes as some farmers begin the spring planting season - and as some are warning that producers could start culling their animals to cope with reduced capacity at some of the country's largest meat processing plants, a sector that's been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. By increasing this benefit for May, we are putting even more money in the pockets of families to help them navigate these uncertain times.

The government is also expected to add $125 million to the AgriRecovery fund, a federal-provincial-territorial program aimed at helping farmers during disasters. Agriculture is a unique player in our economy.

"It should be noted that this figure was representative to the losses as of last week and losses and additional costs will continue to mount as farmers deal with the impacts of COVID-19, highlighting the continued importance of enhancing AgriStability support". The prime minister said that it's crucial to ensure that more vulnerable and developing nations can also access treatments and vaccines as they're developed.

"We have not yet been able to determine what the best way is of looking at a budget or economic update".

In High River, Alberta, over 900 workers have tested positive for the virus at the Cargill facility.

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