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Thursday, January 28, 2021

COVID-19 Update

---- UPDATED January 28 ----

COVID-19 Farm Information Guide for Ontario Pork Producers

To all Ontario Pork producers,

Ontario Pork is closely monitoring recommendations from the government and public health as well as news from industry partners in relation to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.

As of January 28:

  • The Ontario government will be further expanding eligibility for the targeted emergency child care program to additional workers who are performing critical roles in their communities. This now includes farmers and those who support food or agricultural product supply chains.
  • The Ontario government is taking additional measures to protect farmworkers during the pandemic by expanding provincewide inspections to farms, greenhouses and other agricultural operations to ensure health and safety measures are being followed.
  • The Ministry of Labour is hosting a webinar on February 3. It will be of particular interest to employers of temporary foreign agricultural workers in Ontario’s farming and agricultural sectors. Register here.


What to do if someone working on your farm tests positive for COVID-19:

Step 1: Collect some background information (i.e. When was the last time they were at work? When did you receive a confirmed positive test report?)
Step 2: Contact your local public health unit
Step 3: Follow public health direction
Step 4: Inform any workers who may have been exposed
Step 5: Report to Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development within 4 days and WSIB within 3 days of receving notification of illness
Step 6: Who else do I need to notify? (i.e veterinarians, feed companies, field reps/auditors, etc.)

For the full guide and detailed information, please read this full document provided by OMAFRA.


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