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.

Ontario Protecting Agri-Food Workers and Food Supply Chain: Comprehensive new strategy designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – November 16, 2020
Rights and Responsibilities of Employers and Employees during COVID-19
Ontario WSPS Health & Safety Guidance for Agricultural Workers during COVID-19

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:

NEW! 26 May 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:

Request for Assistance to Farmers Markets to Meet COVID-19 Measures
COVID-19 shuts down half of Canada’s beef supply
Letter to Ag Minister – NFU request for AgriStablity program changes
Letter of Support of Farmers’ Markets & Direct Sales of Farmers’ Food across Canada
Food and Agriculture – Lessons from the Pandemic
Till, sow and harvest transformative ideas for the future!
Coronavirus: Another layer of anxiety for farmers
The Farm Income Crisis and the COVID 19 Crisis
Will Canada’s grain farmers be collateral damage in the rush to pass Bill C-4?
Farmers and Migrant Workers Need Immediate Support for 2020 Growing Season
Farmers Markets Are Essential Services, says NFU

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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