Below are a list of tools and resources to help you and your business prepare for unexpected events, like the COVID-19 outbreak,
in the global economy:

Suppliers in New Brunswick offering PPE for your business.

The Government of New Brunswick recognizes that some New Brunswick businesses may require personal protective equipment (PPE) for their employees in order to operate while still respecting public health measures. To assist businesses that may not have a current supplier or may not be familiar with the market, the Government of New Brunswick has created a list of some potential sources of supply of PPE which can be used as reference. These suppliers have confirmed their interest to sell PPE to New Brunswick businesses and/or industry associations.

$252M "intial" emergency aid package coming for farmers, food processors hit by COVID-19

May 5, 2020. 

The Liberal government unveiled a multimillion-dollar aid package this morning aimed at helping farmers and food processors safely navigate the novel coronavirus pandemic — aid that comes in response to concerns about food security in Canada and the health of vulnerable food sector workers.

But the funding envelope — an "initial amount," according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — falls far short of the $2.6 billion emergency fund requested by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.

Trudeau announced a new $77 million fund for food processors of various sizes, including meat packers, to help these businesses retrofit their factories and increase their capacity to deal with a backlog of livestock building up in parts of the county.  Read more here

$62 .5 million in Assistance to Fish & Seafood Processing sector

On Saturday, April 25 the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced $62.5 million of new assistance to the fish and seafood processing sector. This new Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund will help businesses:

  • access short-term financing to pay for maintenance and inventory costs;
  • add storage capacity for unsold product;
  •  comply with new health and safety measures for workers;
  • support new manufacturing/automated technologies to improve productivity and quality of finished seafood products; and,
  • adapt products to respond to changing requirements and new market demands

More information can be found here:

In this region the program will be delivered via ACOA

You can contact them: 
Head Office: 1-800-561-7862





Labour Law & COVID-19 





Province of New Brunswick

Province of Nova Scotia

Province of Prince Edward Island

Transportation Issues?

If you are currently experiencing transportation issues in to the US and would like to inquire about ocean vessel options into Boston – New York – and down the coast into Florida ports, please contact ACS Cargo; 902-422-6135

Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) 

To help #business owners navigate the urgent COVID-19 situation, CFIB is opening its Business Helpline to NON CFIB Members!

For advice managing #coronavirus in the workplace, business owners can call 1-888-234-2232.


The situation with COVID-19 is changing very quickly across the country and it’s hard to keep up. Hand washing is your number one defense against this rapidly spreading virus. Here are some posters to share with your staff to remind them how important hand washing is, along with some tips on how you protect yourself as well as a  risk management guide. 

   Download copy here     Download copy here           Download copy here                     Download copy here

Le virus COVID-19 évolue très rapidement dans notre pays et il est difficile de suivre le rythme. Afin de vous défendre contre ce virus qui se propage rapidement, il est essentiel de se laver les mains le plus souvent possible.Voici quelques affiches à partager avec votre personne qui démontre l’importance de se laver les mains, ainsi que quelques conseils et un guide de gestion des risques pour vous protéger. 

More information to help you deal with the COVID-19 crisis

Managing Cash Flow during COVID-19    
Disease Outbreak Checklist   
COVID-19 Managing the impact on global supply chains

Event Presentations & Resource Links 

    U.S. Capacity Building Conference - Halifax, Nova Scotia 
    February 24-25, 2020

Thank you for attending our event in Halifax! As promised, here are copies of the presentations of our expert speakers:

Andrea JohnsonDeveloping a Winning Sales Pitch

Cheryl Donnelly: AAFC Services and Support for Canadian Companies

Dawn Truell: Global Customs and Compliance

Brittany Foley: U.S. Market Overview & Participating in Trade Commissioner Programs

Colette Lekborg: Transformation in New England Food, Beverage & Technology Market

Matthew Waldron: North American Craft Alcohol Markets, Channels and Challenges

Cecile Landgrebe: From peaches to beaches, and a booming film industry, the Southeast welcomes y'all with a big dose of Southern hospitality 

Christina Connelly: The Land of 10,000 Lakes, Cornhuskers, and the Movie Fargo: Why You Shouldn't Fly Over the U.S. - Upper Midwest (especially if you sell food)

Anna Benevente: Navigating U.S. FDA Requirements USA Food Exports

Robin Shaw: Supply Chain Management: Logistics, Transport & Distribution

 Food Automation Atlantic - Halifax, Nova Scotia 
     March 2, 2020

Thank you for attending our event in Halifax! As promised, here are copies of the presentations of our expert speakers:

Jennifer Kikkert: Avoid Hindsight: The Pre-Automation Checklist

Dr. André Pelletier: The Process of Process Automation

Gary Cox: Evolve your Organizational Culture of Productivity and Continuous Improvement

Brad McKay: Talent & Labour

Food Automation Atlantic - St. Johns, Newfoundland

     March 11, 2020

Thank you for attending our event in St. John's! As promised, here are copies of the presentations of our expert speakers:

Jennifer Kikkert: Avoid Hindsight: The Pre-Automation Checklist

Andrew Smith: Seeing the Forest for the Trees; Leaning the Technology Process

Darren Wood: Automating for the Future

Dennis Crane: Automation in the Food and Beverage Industry

David Haire: Features and Benefits of LEAN & Manufacturing Productivity

Roxanne Weinheber: PRIDE: The Price Paid for Productivity through Automation

Gary Williams: Productivity and Automation at Browning Harvey Limited

Dr. André Pelletier: The Process of Process Automation

Paul Preston: The Digitalization Imperative

Brian Carmichael: Delectable Digital Enhancements

Dr. Rob Greenwood: Demographic and Population Change in Newfoundland and Labrador: Where to from here?

Chad Decker & Sharon Dominey: Manufacturing Insights: Attracting & Retaining Talent

Dr. Raymond Thomas: Importance of Lipid Analysis, Research and Development in Automated Evaluation of Food Quality

Announces Export Market Access Program and E-Tools for Exporting funding programs now open for applications.
See revised guide here and for E-tools
For more information: 
Lauren Caines


Agriculture & Agri-Foods delivers a variety of funding programs. AGPAL is a web based discovery tool developed to help find the federal, provincial and territorial programs that specifically apply to them

Federal programs  help support sector growth.

For more information 

Food & Beverage Atlantic

36 Albert Street, Moncton, NB, E1C 1A9

(506) 857-4255


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