Created on 6/15/2020 10:27:07 AM
June 15, 2020 — Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) cautiously welcomes the federal government’s announcement detailing the $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund, which will assist companies in implementing changes to safeguard health and safety measures and allow for strategic investments to improve, automate and modernize facilities to increase Canada’s food supply capacity.
We are pleased to see both permanent PPE and training for workers on additional health security measures are covered under the activities eligible for funding; however, we remain concerned that the funding amount is not nearly enough to ensure our member companies can continue to operate competitively in the current COVID climate.
“The details of the funding are a positive step in helping our member companies continue to operate while keeping employees and facilities safe,” says Michael Graydon, FCPC’s CEO. “Unfortunately, it is still not enough. Mandatory compliance with new health and safety measures has caused costs to rise considerably. We’re concerned that this funding simply won’t cover all COVID-related costs already incurred by our members, let alone afford them the ability to secure the disposable and permanent PPE required for facilities to weather a potential second wave.”
As our members respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19, they continue to face immediate and unprecedented costs and uncertainties that jeopardize our industry’s long-term viability. Moreover, the growing uncertainty in securing access to PPE has revealed deep-rooted vulnerabilities in the supply chain. These hurdles ultimately undermine the competitiveness of our industry.
We will work with government to expand the criteria and secure additional funding for these mounting pandemic-related costs, to ensure that our member facilities can keep their doors open and continue to feed Canadians.
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Director, Communications and Public Relations
Food & Consumer Products of Canada