Equine Hardship Program Open Now


As per the news release below, the Equine Hardship Program, will provide individual businesses offering horse related experiences up to $2,500 per horse up to a maximum of $20,000 in financial support to help cover direct costs for feed, water, veterinary care and farrier services needed to maintain horses.
This includes conditional financial support to equine experience-based businesses, like riding lessons, summer riding camps, carriage rides, equine-based therapy and trail rides, that are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 related business losses. The Equine Hardship Program will provide funding to eligible businesses that have experienced a significant decrease in business revenue and have continued to incur certain animal maintenance costs that they regularly rely onto operate.

Available Funding
• 100 per cent funding of eligible expenses, up to a maximum amount of $2,500 per eligible equine animal (animals used or being used to earn equine-based experience revenue for the business).
• Notwithstanding the preceding limit, the per business maximum financial support for eligible expenses is an amount up to $20,000.
• Financial support is available on a first come first serve basis until March 12, 2021 (4:00p.m. EST) or while program funding remains available, whichever comes first.
o Each eligible business must submit an enrolment form and receive a file number in order to be able to begin submitting claim forms. Submitting an enrolment form close to or on the March 12, 2021 deadline may restrict the business' ability to submit a claim form by the deadline and receive reimbursement.

Here is the link to the website with more details: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/equinehardship.htm

For more information, please contact:    Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300    or  E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca