The fund announcement came shortly after federal officials announced changes aimed at creating flexibility within the temporary foreign worker program. The temporary changes allow workers who have lost their jobs to stay in Canada under their pre-existing closed work permit and start at another job sooner. | File photo

Ottawa offers more measures to help ag sector

The federal government continues to unveil policies and dollars they say will assist agricultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. A $100-million fund, launching in partnership with Calgary-based Forage Capital Inc., will be used “to support proven, viable companies through unexpected business disruptions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.” According to the federal government, Farm Credit Canada […] Read more

Temporary foreign workers have already been making their way to Canada, but questions remain over whether there will be enough in the summer. | File photo

Hiring locals to work in ag will be ‘a challenge’

Farm groups urge the federal government to use financial incentives to encourage Canadians to work in agriculture

Some farmers expect it will be challenging to hire locals for the growing season if they experience shortages of temporary foreign workers and others who typically work in the industry. Temporary foreign workers have already been making their way to Canada, but questions remain over whether there will be enough in the summer. As well, […] Read more

The government is offering $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker coming to Canada to help farmers, fish harvesters, producers and processors cover costs related to containing COVID-19. | File photo

Farm leaders welcome increased federal support for temporary foreign workers

The Canadian Horticulture Council says the federal announcement April 13 offering $50 million to help cover the extra costs associated with importing foreign workers to Canada this year is welcomed support. “We are finding that there are a lot of increased costs this year with COVID-19 and bringing in the employees, so having the extra […] Read more


Last week, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau assured Canadian farmers that temporary foreign workers will still be allowed into Canada despite border closures and travel restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. | File photo

Foreign farm workers still allowed entry

Ottawa is reassuring Canadian farmers who depend on temporary foreign labourers that farm workers from abroad won’t be denied access to Canada as a result of recent border closures. Last week, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau assured Canadian farmers that temporary foreign workers will still be allowed into Canada despite border closures and travel restrictions […] Read more

Temporary foreign workers make up about 17 percent of Canada’s agricultural workforce and more will be needed to keep the sector going and growing, the roundtable heard.
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Foreign worker changes surprise industry

Occupation-specific work permits proposed by the federal government concern the Agriculture Labour Task Force

OTTAWA — The notice in the Canada Gazette caught Mark Chambers, and others, off guard. On June 21, the federal government gave notice in the official government publication of a 30-day consultation for possible changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, including occupation-specific work permits. Chambers, co-chair of the Agriculture Labour Task Force, said he […] Read more