Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund (CSSF)
The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging for many sectors in Canada. Fish and seafood processors are key to our economy and national food security. The CSSF provides $62.5 million to support fish and seafood processors. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will provide more than $9 million in funding through the CSSF to support fish and seafood processors across western Canada.
Applications for the Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund will not be accepted after July 31, 2020.
Applications now open for western Canadian fish and seafood processors
Eligible fish and seafood processors can apply for help with COVID-19 related costs incurred after March 15, 2020.
WD is delivering the program in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Applications are now open.
WD is working with the Investment Agriculture Foundation, a local not-for-profit, to deliver the CSSF in British Columbia. The Investment Agriculture Foundation accepted applications from June 22 to July 13.
Who can apply to the CSSF
- Fish and seafood processing businesses in western Canada.
- Not-for-profit organizations that support the sector.
- Be a business or organization in western Canada;
- Be a federally or provincially licensed fish processing facility or a registered processor of wild capture or aquaculture products, including freshwater species;
- Be a viable business before the COVID-19 pandemic; and,
- Have adequate health and safety measures in place to protect employees.
More than $9 million for fish and seafood processors in western Canada to:
- address worker health & safety
- adapt plant operations, facilities, or processes
- find and reach new markets
- increase storage
Types of projects that may be funded through CSSF
All eligible costs are retroactive to and including the date of March 15, 2020, and must be completed by March 31, 2021.
The CSSF supports the following types of activities:
Worker Health & Safety – Address health & safety requirements through:
- targeted equipment or products such as safety barriers, handwashing stations and personal protective equipment;
- training and professional services to address health security measures related to COVID-19.
Plant Operations – Invest in new equipment, materials or services to:
- adapt plant operations, products or packaging;
- increase efficiency and productivity.
Market responsiveness – Meet new market demands by:
- responding to new consumer needs;
- finding new markets;
- delivering to new markets.
Increase storage capacity – Find storage solutions for live, frozen, and/or processed products. Storage may be:
- temporary or permanent;
- domestic or international.
How to apply
For clients in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, please apply here through WD.
For clients in British Columbia, applications are now closed.
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