The provincial and federal governments in Ontario are investing up to $7.5 million to help agri-food businesses enhance biosecurity measures to support plant and animal health, and food safety, an Aug. 2 news release said.
“This Initiative will help the sector enhance the biosecurity of their operations to continue growing sustainably to help feed Canada and the world,” Peter Fragiskatos, member of parliament for London North Centre, said in the release
The Biosecurity Enhancement Initiative (BEI) is a new, cost-share offering that will help farmers, food processors, and other essential farm-supporting agri-food businesses protect their operations against disease, enhance operational resilience and heighten public trust in the food supply system, the release said.
The BEI will be available to grain elevators, seed treatment facilities, transportation providers, amongst many others. Examples of eligible projects include establishing or improving cleaning practices, creating isolation facilities, constructing wash bays for disinfecting and training to support the mitigation of biosecurity risks in food production, the release noted.
The investments are being made through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership.