OTTAWA - The federal government is rolling out $18 million in support for projects they say will help strengthen Canada's food supply chain.
The funds are going everywhere from an Alberta company focusing on plant-based proteins to distilleries in Quebec seeking to upgrade their equipment.
Some money is also being directed to small towns in Northern Ontario to hire staff and interns to help on agriculture-related work.
Terry Duguid, a Winnipeg MP and parliamentary secretary for Western Economic Diversification Canada, says the COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty for many food-related businesses.
He says the government intends the funds to help them weather that and be well-positioned for future business.
The Liberals have been under sustained pressure from farmers and food producers to do more to address the issues the COVID-19 pandemic has created for the sector.