COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE OFA
April 2, 2020 | OPVG
Following are links for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture's Covid-19 resource web page and Letter for Essential Workers (domestic) and Letter for Essential Seasonal Workers (from other countries) https://ofa.on.ca/covid-19/ https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces#section-7 https://ofa.on.ca/resources/essential-worker-template-letter/
March 30, 2020 | OPVG
COVID-19 UPDATES: Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) Program is jointly administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IRCC recently announced exemptions to travel restrictions to facilitate entry of TFWs into Canada. Employers using all streams of the program are able to make arrangements for workers to enter Canada. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-special-measures.html Further to the announcement of the exemptions to the travel restrictions, please find attached guidance for employers of temporary foreign workers regarding COVID-19. Please go to this link for information from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-information-for-industry/?id=1584732749543 Please go to this link for information from Immigration: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2020/03/canada-provides-update-on-exemptions-to-travel-restrictions-to-protect-canadians-and-support-the-economy.html
Wording Change to Reg 440 - re minimum annual tonnage calculation for tomatoes/carrots
February 7, 2020 | OPVG
OPVG has been advised that the Farm Products Marketing Commission has approved amendments to Regulation 440 that would update the minimum annual tonnage calculation formula for processing tomatoes and carrots. “Contracted” tonnage is now the proxy for calculating the minimum annual tonnage, in place of “purchased” tonnage.