Applications are now open; decisions will be announced in the fall.
CAAIN is a non-profit organization based in Edmonton that started in 2019 with $49 million from the federal and Alberta governments.
The applications must include at least two small or medium-sized plants; Statistics Canada’s definition of fewer than 499 employees will apply.
The money is intended to stimulate interest and investment in automation at meat-packing plants.
The Canadian Meat Council has been lobbying hard for several years to convince the federal government to allow meat-packers to employ more temporary foreign workers to fill vacant positions.