Governments Investing $26.6 Million to Further Protect Ontario Agri-Food Workers

Published on October 14, 2020

The governments of Canada and Ontario are taking additional steps to better support the health and safety of the province’s agri-food workers and to keep the food supply chain strong during COVID-19.

Minister Hardeman along with the federal agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced that the federal government is investing an additional $11.6 million into Ontario’s Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program. This investment is aimed to help support efforts by Ontario producers to stop the spread of COVID-19 on farms and other agri-food operations.

This funding is in addition to Ontario’s commitment in June of up to $15 million to support workplace safety enhancements (for a total of $26.6 million). Actions such as providing temporary housing for ill workers, building physical barriers for worker separation, upgrading HVAC systems and enhancing hand-washing facilities will be eligible for this funding.

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