What is the Issue?
Labour policy should balance the needs of both employees and businesses. The CFFO seeks policy that supports farmers and their employees.
Why Does It Matter?
In the current context, worker safety is extremely important to farmers. Agriculture was facing a labour shortage before the pandemic began in 2020. Farmers depend on seasonal labour to bring crops to harvest. Policy that recognizes the needs of both employers and workers is necessary to ensure a secure food supply.
What Does CFFO Want?
Government collaboration with the industry – Farms are unique workplaces. It's vital that farm labour policy take normal farming practices into account. Collaboration with industry stakeholders can lead to solutions that protect worker safety through regulations that farmers can employ practically.
Worker Safety – Farmers rely on workers, often welcoming temporary foreign workers to Ontario each year. The pandemic has brought the needs of worker safety into sharp focus. The CFFO supports policy that protects foreign workers through expert safety standards, practical housing regulations, and registries for companies operating as temporary help agencies.
Solutions to address labour shortages - The agri-food industry has been struggling with labour shortages for years. Government support for food literacy education, other training programs and other education opportunities could all boost interest from young people to seek employment in this industry.
Letters & Submissions
- National Agricultural Labour Strategy
- Temporary Help Agencies
- Letter of Support for Bill 216 Food Literacy for Students Act, 2020
- Federal Consultation on Temporary Foreign Workers Accommodations
- Joint Letter to Ministry of Labour re: TFW Inspection Initiative
- Plan for Isolation of SAWP Workers in Haldimand-Norfolk
- Letter to Minister Bibeau re: Urgent Need for SAWP and TFWP Workers
- Submission regarding Border Restrictions - Impact on SAWP and TFWP
News & Commentaries
- Fall Harvest: MLITSD to Focus on Farms
- Farmers and Workers Need Fair Treatment in Public Health Decisions
- Planning to Stay Safe on the Farm
- Time for Consistency in Treating Temporary Foreign Workers
- Labour Law Compliance for Temporary Help Agencies
- Bill 216 Food Literacy for Students Act: Can We Make It More than a Cooking Class?
- Support for Losses Due to Labour Shortages
- Farm Workers and COVID-19
- Labour Remains a Problem for Ontario Ag
- Farm Safety Week: Have a Plan
- Agricultural Safety Week
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