Keeping Canadians and workers in the food supply chain safe
“I would like to thank farmers, food processing plant workers, truckers, inspectors, grocers, food bank volunteers and all those who are helping to provide us with quality and affordable food.”
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“Temporary foreign workers have long been key to our food supply. We will work with farmers and food processing employers to ensure they get the workers they need and that plans are in place to meet mandatory isolation requirements.”
The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
“Temporary foreign workers have been an integral part of the Canadian workforce and food supply chain for decades. Today’s announcement will help to protect the health of Canadians, while ensuring a steady labour supply to support our economy and ensure our food security during these extraordinary times. There will always be jobs for Canadians who want to work and support these sectors.”
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
“Fish and seafood provide a healthy sustainable protein choice that Canadians have always relied on. With this new funding, we’re ensuring the sector has the capacity to access the labour force needed while keeping Canadians and workers safe.”
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Temporary foreign workers play an important role in the Canadian economy with approximately 50,000 to 60,000 foreign agricultural, food and fish processing workers coming to work in Canada each year, which accounts for more than 60% of all foreign workers entering Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Each year, despite the fact that the agricultural sector receives approximately 60,000 foreign workers, around 15,000 jobs remain vacant.
No travellers including temporary foreign workers who present with COVID-19 symptoms are allowed to board international flights to Canada.
This support is available for all food production firms that rely on temporary foreign workers, including primary agriculture and food processing, as well as fisheries and aquaculture.
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s support for industry
- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada - Temporary Foreign Workers entering Canada
- Employment and Social Development Canada - Accessing the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update
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