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 Business Account (CEBA)
Interest-free loans of $60,000, with $20,000 forgiven if the amount is repaid prior to December 31, 2022.  Deadline to apply has been extended to June 30, 2021.

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

NEW 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. Additional businesses and workers will be eligible, including corn detasselers, transporters, hatcheries, and primary processing. Applications open April 22, 2021 while funding is available or until November 30, 2021

NEW Agri-tech Innovation Program
This cost-share program is designed to help speed up the adoption of technological innovations in the agri-food sector that will enhance the protection of workers’ health and safety while also increasing the sector’s efficiency and productivity.

The first stream is designed for significant projects with a minimum value of $150,000 with the province providing 35 per cent of the project cost to a maximum of $100,000. The intake for this stream will be open from May 17 – June 21.

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. 

Ontario Digital Main Street Program
This program also helps Ontario small businesses launch online stores.

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

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.