Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday more than $77 million to help keep workers in the food-processing industry safe.
The news comes as a Cargill meat-packing plant in High River, Alta., south of Calgary, reopened Monday after a two-week shutdown due to a COVID-19 outbreak. More than 900 of its 2,000 workers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
There are also outbreaks at the JBS meat-processing plant in Brooks, Alta., which has reduced production to one shift per day largely due to absenteeism, and at Harmony Beef just north of Calgary.
Companies have implemented new safety measures, including the use of masks and installation of barriers to ensure social distancing.
“This is money that they can use to purchase personal protective equipment for workers, adapt health to protocols and support other social-distancing measures,’’ Trudeau said at a news conference.
By Bill Graveland
The Canadian Press