Additional support available for some Ontario hog farmers

November 25, 2020

Hog farmers affected by temporary processing plant closures due to COVID-19 outbreaks can apply for funding through the Canada-Ontario COVID-19 2020 Hog Maintenance Feed Initiative.

The Hog Maintenance Feed Initiative will help farmers cover the increased costs of feeding market-ready hogs while they had to keep them on the farm.

Who is eligible?

Hog Farmers can apply if they owned market-ready hogs intended for processing that were held back from shipping as a result of a reduction in processing capacity at an affected processor.

Hogs must have been scheduled for processing at an affected processor and held back from shipping for a minimum of eight days. Hogs must have been shipped to a processor between the dates indicated below.

Affected processors to date

ProcessorShipment dates
OlymelApril 5 to June 13, 2020
April 5 to June 13, 2020

For more information about eligibility and how the initiative works, please read the Program Guidelines.

How to apply

Eligible hog farmers can complete the Application Form and email it to [email protected].

The Canada-Ontario COVID-19 2020 Hog Maintenance Feed Initiative is an AgriRecovery program funded by the federal and provincial governments. AgriRecovery provides targeted, disaster-specific programming when assistance is needed beyond existing programs like AgriStability, Production Insurance or the Risk Management Program.

If there are additional intakes for this program, details will be made available on

Download a form

For best results, download the form directly to your computer and open it using Adobe Reader 10 or later.

  1. Right-click the form link and save the file to your computer.
  2. In Adobe Reader, click File > Open.
  3. Locate the form in the downloads folder on your computer.

Note: Fillable forms are not supported on most mobile devices and some web browsers.

If you have trouble opening the form, please call Agricorp for assistance.

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Get payments up to seven days faster

Farmers have enough to do without the hassles of cheques. They can get cash in their account five to seven days faster with direct deposit. Direct deposit is convenient, reliable and secure.

To sign up, farmers can call Agricorp or go to All farmers need is a void cheque and a few minutes of their time to make things a little easier.

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