Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers and COVID 19 Safety Guidance & Resources
COVID19 introduces serious and complex health and safety challenges for the arrival, self-isolation and work of temporary foreign workers in Ontario agriculture, particularly re: community healthcare capacity, public and occupational health compliance, and workplace communication and coordination for this disconnected population, made more vulnerable by high-density housing.
OHCOW MFW Program staff continue to collaborate with employers, workers, partners and stakeholders and offer experience and support to contribute to frontline planning, preparedness and response. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or assistance.
COVID 19 Educational Resources for Farm Workers
We have assembled numerous COVID 19 educational resources produced by credible sources. These resources include those in English, Spanish and Thai, and many are specially formatted to be understood by workers at various literacy levels. We have grouped these resources into two categories:
• Ontario posters & resources, including many translated into Spanish
• Comprehensive list of Canadian, US, and Mexican resources, English & Spanish resources
We will be updating these resources weekly. (Don’t hesitate to send suggestions)
We are also monitoring provincial & federal government guidance and putting it into an Integrated Farm COVID 19 Safety Plan Framework*. This document can be used as a tool to search through government guidance on topics important to COVID 19 safety planning on farms.
May 2, 2020 Ontario Workplace Guidance: https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace
|Including Agriculture sector||And WSPS Agriculture guidance|
|• Guidance note||• Agriculture sector|
|• Poster for employers||• Agricultural supervisors|
|• Poster for employees|
|• Additional sector guidance|
Medical Affidavit on Congregate Living Covid Risk (highlighted considerations for other similar arrangements eg. bunkhouses)
Medical Affidavit on Congregate Living Covid Risk in Prisons (full, including author CV).
Enforcement Questions Answered: April 21st, 2020:
MLTSD Temporary Foreign Agricultural Worker Initiative