Q: What is the government doing for farmers?
A: Farmers have always worked hard day and night to supply a safe and abundant food supply for Canadians. Locally, we have dairy, beef, hogs, poultry, cash crop, fruits, vegetables and other horticultural operations. We’re also blessed to have many farm markets and roadside stands.
At this time, their service to our community and country is more important than ever. Maintaining the integrity of our agri-food supply chain during this COVID-19 emergency is essential.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and its impacts on the Canadian agricultural industry. The Government of Canada is taking the necessary steps to ensure that producers and processors can continue to operate effectively and keep supply lines open, while informing industry of the latest developments.
As the COVID-19 situation develops, AAFC will update this Questions and Answers page.
It includes the latest information on food safety, temporary foreign workers, financial support programs, trade, animal health and more. Check back often.
With planting season upon us, we keep our local farmers in our thoughts and prayers.
Help support our local farmers by purchasing produce, baked goods and more from local farm markets when planning your family weekly shopping trip.
Q: Will I be able to hire temporary foreign workers, or seasonal agricultural workers for this season?
The federal government confirmed in March that seasonal agricultural workers and temporary foreign workers are exempt from the current travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 situation and can travel to Canada by air or land with some of the stipulations listed below.
However, questions remain about the logistics of getting foreign workers here. Opposition MPs, including myself, have been asking the Government for definitive details on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker program and Temporary Foreign Worker program.
Here’s what we know currently:
- All temporary foreign workers must follow this criteria:
- Confirm with their prearranged employment that the employer is still operating and will honour the employment offer
- Foreign nationals who are travelling by air will need to pass a health check conducted by airlines before being allow to board
- Any traveller who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada
- On arrival in Canada, a traveller’s health will be assessed before they are allowed to leave the port of entry
- Must isolate for 14 days even if you have no symptoms, this is mandatory
- The federal government has set up a fund to help farmers with the cost of this isolation