Emergency Processing Fund: Atlantic Canada

Perennia is pleased to be delivering the Emergency Processing Fund for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for the Agriculture Processing Sector in Atlantic Canada – New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

The Emergency Processing Fund aims to incent strategic investments to maintain and increase domestic food production and processing critical to domestic food security and the domestic food supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are an Atlantic Canadian agriculture processing company, please refer to the following documents to learn more about this funding and how to apply.

Note:  The National program guidelines can be found on the federal government website at http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/?id=1591291974693

Fonds d’urgence pour la transformation: Provinces de l’Atlantique

Perennia est fier d’être l’entité choisi par Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada pour faire la livraison du financement du programme pour les provinces de l’Atlantique pour le secteur de la transformation agricole. Les provinces ciblées sont effectivement Terre-Neuve et Labrador, la Nouvelle-Écosse, l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard et le Nouveau-Brunswick.

La création d’un Fonds d’urgence pour la transformation vise à aider les producteurs d’aliments à répondre aux nouvelles pressions causées par la COVID-19 afin qu’ils puissent mieux approvisionner les Canadiens en nourriture pendant cette période.

Les transformateurs agricoles des provinces de l’Atlantique peuvent se référer aux documents suivants pour tous renseignements reliés au programme et pour effectuer une demande de financement.

Remarque: Les lignes directrices du programme national sont sur ce site internet du gouvernement fédéral: http://www.agr.gc.ca/fra/?id=1591291974693

Accelerated Direct Sales:  A COVID-19 Response for Agriculture

This new pilot program is for Nova Scotia-based farms and food businesses wanting to quickly, conveniently and professionally create a website with product listing and e-commerce features, or to add an online store to their current website. To facilitate this, Perennia has entered into an agreement with one of Canada’s leading providers of this service: Local Line Co.

Temporary Foreign Workers Support

Perennia, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and the Nova Scotia departments of Agriculture, and Fisheries and Aquaculture are working together to support agriculture and seafood companies successfully isolate their temporary foreign workers upon their arrival in Nova Scotia. As part of that, we are ensuring documents required by Nova Scotia Public Health are available to you and you have the information you need to meet the documentation requirements.

For a full list of documents CLICK HERE

Perennia Seafood COVID-19 Response Program

The Perennia Seafood COVID-19 Response Program (the Program) provides financial assistance to commercial entities in the fishing, aquaculture, marine plant harvesting and seafood buying/processing sector in Nova Scotia to support implementation and development of operational changes required to allow for business continuity and safe workplace practices needed as a result of on-going COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. 

The fund will assist companies in purchasing Personal Protective Equipment and other safety materials, and in developing new protocols and procedures to ensure safety of both seafood products and employees who are essential to maintaining operations

COVID-19: How Perennia is Adjusting How We Work

These are unprecedented times. At Perennia, so much of what we do involves connecting and interacting with our clients and other stakeholders. Effective, March 17th, how we do that will be changing.

As community members, and as a team that cares about each other, our clients, our families and neighbours, we are taking steps to lessen the spread of coronavirus.  As such, working with our partners, we are cancelling all our in person training sessions and workshops. We will not be conducting routine farm or client site visits and will be conducting as much of our business remotely from home bases via phone, email, text and videoconference. We anticipate there could be special cases where on-site client work is required to ward off significant impacts on a client’s business. In these cases we will be assessing vigorously as to the risk in concert with the client. However, we reserve the right to not be on site as it is not business as usual. As things evolve, we will reassess.

Effective March 17th our offices are closed to visitors as an additional cautionary measure. Each office will have phone coverage and staff will be available by cell and email.

As of May 27th, 2020, our Agriculture Specialists are beginning limited restarts scenario for on-farm visits under strict guidelines. Learn more.

To discussion samples for analysis, we would ask you to follow this protocol:

  • Horticulture-related samples – please contact the appropriate specialist
  • Field crop-related samples – please contact the appropriate specialist
  • Cannabis samples – please contact Bloom Labs

Stay safe and take care of each other. We all need to do our part and Perennia is adamant that we will do ours by following the above practices.

~ Perennia Management