Traditional Agriculture Sector Support Resource

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This page contains links to information and resources to help Traditional Agriculture businesses mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19. As the situation continues to evolve, so does available information. Please check back often for updates.

Guidelines for Workplaces in the Agricultural Sector

Four non-profit health and safety associations contracted by Ontario’s Ministry of Labour are working to provide employers with reliable guidance on how to keep their workers and workplaces safe. Updated regularly, this resources is the most comprehensive and up-to-date place for employers to look for advice and rules at any time. Click here for updates.

Agricultural Supports

Farm Credit Canada will receive support from the Government of Canada that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors. This will offer increased flexibility to farmers who face cashflow issues and to processors who are impacted by lost sales, helping them remain financially strong during this difficult time.

In addition, all eligible farmers who have an outstanding Advance Payments Program (APP) loan due on or before April 30 will receive a Stay of Default, allowing them an additional six months to repay the loan. This represents $173 million in deferred loans and will help keep more money in farmers’ pockets during these critical months.

Funding to Address Labour Supply

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1 million in new funding to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector to keep the nation's supply chains strong and store shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program would help primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers who are important to keeping the essential food supply chain functioning.

Program information is available here: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/cap/labour_supply_training.htm

Ontario Federation of Agriculture Guide for Direct Sales to Consumers During COVID-19 and Beyond

During these unprecedented times, OFA recognizes that it is not ‘business as usual’. OFA has developed a Guide for Direct Sales to Consumers during COVID-19 and Beyond to provide some support and guidance to help you continue to sell and market your agricultural products. The Guide provides ideas for alternative market channels available to you, general health and safety protocols when selling direct, how to set up your operation, keep your workforce safe, and market your operation using social media and other online tools. Click here to access the Guide.

Ontario Federation of Agriculture Guide to Operating your Essential Farm Business during COVID-19

There are many ways to manage risk and improve the safety and well-being of your farm business workplace, while doing your part to reduce the risk to public health and supply chain disruptions.

This Guide for farms and farm businesses is split into three parts: Facilitating Business Interactions on the Farm, Responding to Exposure to COVID-19, and Managing Risk during Business Operations. OFA recognizes that these new protocols and procedures can be overwhelming. Please review the document as needed and implement these procedures based on your farm and your situation. Click here to access the Guide.

This page contains links to information and resources to help Traditional Agriculture businesses mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19. As the situation continues to evolve, so does available information. Please check back often for updates.

Guidelines for Workplaces in the Agricultural Sector

Four non-profit health and safety associations contracted by Ontario’s Ministry of Labour are working to provide employers with reliable guidance on how to keep their workers and workplaces safe. Updated regularly, this resources is the most comprehensive and up-to-date place for employers to look for advice and rules at any time. Click here for updates.

Agricultural Supports

Farm Credit Canada will receive support from the Government of Canada that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors. This will offer increased flexibility to farmers who face cashflow issues and to processors who are impacted by lost sales, helping them remain financially strong during this difficult time.

In addition, all eligible farmers who have an outstanding Advance Payments Program (APP) loan due on or before April 30 will receive a Stay of Default, allowing them an additional six months to repay the loan. This represents $173 million in deferred loans and will help keep more money in farmers’ pockets during these critical months.

Funding to Address Labour Supply

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1 million in new funding to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector to keep the nation's supply chains strong and store shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program would help primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers who are important to keeping the essential food supply chain functioning.

Program information is available here: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/cap/labour_supply_training.htm

Ontario Federation of Agriculture Guide for Direct Sales to Consumers During COVID-19 and Beyond

During these unprecedented times, OFA recognizes that it is not ‘business as usual’. OFA has developed a Guide for Direct Sales to Consumers during COVID-19 and Beyond to provide some support and guidance to help you continue to sell and market your agricultural products. The Guide provides ideas for alternative market channels available to you, general health and safety protocols when selling direct, how to set up your operation, keep your workforce safe, and market your operation using social media and other online tools. Click here to access the Guide.

Ontario Federation of Agriculture Guide to Operating your Essential Farm Business during COVID-19

There are many ways to manage risk and improve the safety and well-being of your farm business workplace, while doing your part to reduce the risk to public health and supply chain disruptions.

This Guide for farms and farm businesses is split into three parts: Facilitating Business Interactions on the Farm, Responding to Exposure to COVID-19, and Managing Risk during Business Operations. OFA recognizes that these new protocols and procedures can be overwhelming. Please review the document as needed and implement these procedures based on your farm and your situation. Click here to access the Guide.

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