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The Government of Canada is stepping up measures to protect farm workers in B.C. during the pandemic with a $4.9 million investment.

The funding under the “Emergency on-Farm Support Fund will help B.C. farmers better protect the health and safety of farmer workers. The government says the investment is based on an estimated 640 farmers applying to the fund.

Eligible activities include direct infrastructure improvements to living quarters and workstations, temporary or emergency housing (on or off-farm), as well as personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitary stations, workstations and any other health and safety measures to safeguard against COVID-19.

The Emergency On-Farm Support Fund provides a $35 million investment across Canada to improve health and safety on farms and in employee living quarters to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19.

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