The federal government has stepped in to top up provincial funding for workplace health and safety measures on-farm in Ontario. Agriculture and Agri-Food minister Marie-Claude Bibeau previously announced $35 million for a federally-administered program, and this week, announced $11.6 million for the Ontario version — the Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program (EAWPP). Originally announced in… Read More

The federal government has opened applications for the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund, a $35 million fund to cover the added cost of personal protective equipment, updates to worker housing, and sanitization stations, as examples. The fund was originally announced in late July as part of a $58.6 million commitment by the government. Money can be… Read More

Ontario’s provincial government, along with the federal government, has announced funding for several projects that will support labour and training needs in the farming sector. This includes $180,000 towards the development of a new college program that will provide education and training in the latest agricultural equipment. “Helping to meet the labour and training needs… Read More

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his government’s $10 billion plan to create jobs and spur economic growth. Through the Canada Infrastructure Bank, the government plan includes five major infrastructure initiatives expected to create approximately 60,000 jobs across the country. As part of the Government of Canada’s plan to “build back better,” the three-year plan… Read More

The government of Canada, and the Manitoba provincial government, are providing support to Agriculture in the Classroom — Manitoba (AITC-M), to adjust its educational and outreach resources. The funding, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will help with an increased demand for digital, online, and adapted in-person resources. Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau… Read More

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says her government’s proposed Clean Fuel Standard will be “a great opportunity” for farmers, but she acknowledges the policy needs further consultation. The government is planning to introduce regulations to support the policy, which is designed to incentivize the use of lower carbon fuels such as ethanol or biodiesel, this… Read More

With the appointment of Lianne Rood as the shadow minister of agriculture this week, I think there will be a change in approach regarding agricultural issues between now and an election. Like her predecessor John Barlow, Rood has a strong background in agriculture and an eye on eventually being the minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food… Read More

This week there was a small but significant cabinet shuffle that will prove very impactful on how Canada steers through the remaining COVID-19 economic challenges. Chrystia Freeland was sworn in as finance minister after the resignation of Bill Morneau. With such a big change at the most senior levels of the cabinet, it may create… Read More

To protect the health and safety of Canadian and migrant farm workers, the government of Canada has been working with municipal, provincial, and territorial governments, as well as farmers, workers, and other employers who participate in the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program. No matter what precautions are taken, it’s inevitable that some farms are going… Read More

The federal and Manitoba governments have announced a new $3 million cost-shared program to help agricultural processors in the province mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Agri-food and agri-product processors, food distributors, and agri-food industry organizations can apply for up to $25,000 for the following: •    personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies; •    business continuity practices,… Read More

The Liberal Member of Parliament who chairs the House of Commons’ agriculture committee has written a letter to his colleague who serves as agriculture minister pointing out the flaws in the government’s business risk management (BRM) programs for agriculture. The agriculture committee has been studying the federal government’s suite of risk management programs, which includes… Read More

 

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