Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces a $ 62.5 million assistance program to help Canadian fish and seafood processors protect workers from COVID-19.
Trudeau said today that the money was for personal protective equipment and to help fish and seafood companies adapt their factories to comply with health directives.
Prime Minister said funding can also help pay for other equipment such as freezers, so businesses can store food while adapting factories to ensure workers can keep a safe distance from each other others.
Fish and seafood are among the country’s main food exports, and the industry employs approximately 72,000 people.
COVID-19 infections are disrupting other parts of the country’s food sector, including the meat processing industry.
Cargill closed its plant just north of High River, Alberta, earlier this week after an outbreak of COVID-19 and the death of an employee.