Canada issues update on COVID-19 assistance available to farmers

Minister Bibeau clarifies the financial supports available to Canada's farmers after CEBA expansion.
calendar icon 26 May 2020
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Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food said:

“The announced expansion of the eligibility to the Canada Emergency Business Account is a big deal for farmers across the country.

"We heard from many farmers that the Canada Emergency Business Account did not work for them, because many did not meet the payroll criteria. We listened to their concerns, and changed the eligibility to ensure a total of 67,000 farm operations without payroll, 36,500 more, can now access the program.

"In dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, our Government has consistently said that we are prioritising speed, and we continue to fill the gaps.

"For those farmers who are still unable to access CEBA, they can turn towards the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.

"Farmers can be assured that we have their back, and we are continuing to roll-out supports for our agriculture sector.”

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food said:

“The announced expansion of the eligibility to the Canada Emergency Business Account is a big deal for farmers across the country.

"We heard from many farmers that the Canada Emergency Business Account did not work for them, because many did not meet the payroll criteria. We listened to their concerns, and changed the eligibility to ensure a total of 67,000 farm operations without payroll, 36,500 more, can now access the program.

"In dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, our Government has consistently said that we are prioritising speed, and we continue to fill the gaps.

"For those farmers who are still unable to access CEBA, they can turn towards the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.

"Farmers can be assured that we have their back, and we are continuing to roll-out supports for our agriculture sector.”

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