Funding to help farmers, processors move online
Due to high demand from B.C. farmers and food companies, additional funding has been added to support more of the Buy BC e-commerce applications that were received after the initial funding was committed.
In response to the first round of funding being committed in less than one week, the B.C. government is providing an additional $250,000 to support industry-led Buy BC activities focused on e-commerce, for a total of $550,000 under government’s Buy BC Partnership Program.
“The response the program received in the first round of funding from farmers, fishers and food and beverage processors was exceptional,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “The demand was so great that it was clear we needed to help more businesses move online so they can sell their products direct to consumers across the province.”
The program provides financial support for farmers and food and beverage processors to access and develop websites that help online sales. The program also helps cover the costs of marketing and shipping products to people throughout the province.
The additional funding will help fund the applications that came in after the program was fully subscribed on May 15. No new applications will be accepted.
The province’s Buy BC Partnership Program is delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia.