COVID-19 Resources

To address COVID-19 related concerns, the province has set up an information number. If you have questions about impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. Help is available from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Screening questions before entering a farm
If you have visitors to your farm, these questions from the Ministry of Health provide guidance on screening people prior to their entry. They were created for use with long term care facilities, but can easily be adapted for farm visitors.

For a useful chart on Financial Supports for Canadian Businesses click here

Federal Government Response to COVID-19:

May 16th, 2020: New funding announced for hiring Canadian Youth to work in Agriculture. The YESP program pays 50% of wages up to $14,000; 80% funding for Indigenous Youth. You can apply now and qualify retroactively to April 1, 2020. Apply here.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Information for industry

Provincial Government Response to COVID-19:

Keeping Food on the Table during COVID-19 – Ontario on-line agri-food job portal
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

NFU Responses to COVID-19:

COVID-19 Updates by Commodity:

Ontario Pork
Beef Farmers of Ontario
Dairy Farmers of Ontario
Grain Farmers of Ontario
Chicken Farms of Ontario
Meat and Poultry Ontario

Farmers Market Resources:

Farmers’ Markets Ontario
Farmers Markets’ of Nova Scotia Guide for Precautions Doing Pre-orders and Safe Pick ups
Farmers Markets’ of Nova Scotia Guide to Selecting an E-commerce Platform
Options for online store: Local Line – NFU-O members receive a discount
Options for online store: Open Food Network

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Resources:

EFAO Best Practices for CSA pick-ups

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