Consultation Event (2019)

Status of Women Canada is supporting SSFPA’s endeavors over three years (2018-21), with SSFPA documenting their members’ challenges, mapping out financing options (informal approaches, alternative financing, conventional lending, and equity financing), and working with financing partners to create and new financial tools and supports. The goal is to create online and face to face programs that can advance small scale food processing businesses – to both support individual enterprises and contribute to broader goal of community development. The goal of the project is to create an ecosystem of support from concept through all stages of growth.

As a way to begin designing this strategy, SSFPA hosted a consultation event in Courtenay, BC, from October 30 to November 1, 2019 to discuss barriers that small scale processors encounter, the programs that already exist to support them, and the supports that they need that are not already in place. As well, the session called for a new specialized financing pool.

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