COVID-19 Resources

Federal Supports

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Up-to-date Q&As on labour, trade, financial supports, animal health, and more.

Farm Credit Canada Loans 
FCC is offering loan payment deferral options, access to credit and other supports. 

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
A subsidy for employers who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada Recovery Benefit
Income support for employed or self-employed individuals who are not eligible for Employment Insurance.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit
Income support for employed or self-employed individuals who are sick or need to self-isolate.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit
Income support for employed or self-employed individuals who can't work because they must care for a dependant.

Provincial Supports

Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program
The Ontario government is providing $10 million to allow more farmers and agri-food operators to purchase personal protective equipment, enhance cleaning and disinfection and redesign workstations. Farms and agri-food businesses that hire three or more employees will be eligible for funding. Applications are being accepted while funding is available or until November 30, 2021

Agricorp COVID-19 Support
Agricorp regularly offers production insurance and risk management programs updates as circumstances shift during the pandemic. You can also contact Agricorp's Customer Care at 1-888-247-4999, but calls and claims related to financial distress will be top priority. 

Emergency Child Care
Ontario has expanded eligibility for the targeted emergency child care program to farmers in regions where remote learning continues.

Support for Employers

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
A subsidy for employers who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program
Receive $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker you employ to ensure quarantine requirements are fully met. Applications for the 2021 program year will be accepted until August 31, 2021.

Ontario Employer Health Tax exemption increase
This exemption has been increased from $490,000 to $1 million for 2020, due to the coronavirus.

Health & Safety

Vaccinations

For the latest data about COVID-19 vaccinations, please go to covid-19.ontario.ca/data. To find out more about the vaccine, how to book an appointment to get your vaccine, get a copy of your proof of vaccination and more, please go to covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario.

Testing for agri-food workers
Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) can access publicly funded PCR diagnostic testing if they have symptoms or exposure to a positive case AND for travel purposes. Rapid antigen testing is available for unvaccinated TFWs and other farm workers if they are asymptomatic. 

Ontario Government Guidelines
 Sector-specific resources, best practices and information to help protect workers and customers.

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council 
Get up-to-date information on COVID-19 best practices, employee management tips, and links to authorities.

Finding PPE Suppliers 
Ontario has launched a supplier list directory.

Infection Prevention Training
Public Services Health & Safety Association has developed a 30-minute eLearning program for workers about infection prevention and control:

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council 
Best practices, employee management tips, and links to authorities.

Provincial Information Lines

Stop the Spread Business Information Line
Get answers about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures may impact your operations or employment: 1-888-444-3659. 

OMAFRA Agricultural Information Contact Centre
Farmers and other agri-food businesses can get information on the government’s response to COVID-19 at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

Farmer Mental Health

For information and resources visit here.