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COVID-19 safety for farmers and seasonal agricultural workers

To the seasonal agricultural works and the local farmers, thank you continuing to move forward with farming this year so that food can be brought to the tables of Canadians during this time.

 

COVID-19 – Resources for Farmers 

2021 Seasonal Agriculture Workers COVID-19 Program Requirements

 

All employers of seasonal agricultural workers who come from abroad are required to self-isolate these workers for a period of 14 days before they start work. You are required to submit isolation plans and obtain the Health Unit’s approval for requested workers. The information below provides steps and resources to obtain approval and make sure that all safety precautions are followed for seasonal workers and their housing arrangements.

 

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Infection Control Recommendations for Seasonal Farm Worker Housing Post-Isolation

 

In light of recent outbreaks on farms in Ontario, the HNHU would like to offer some additional recommendations to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 amongst seasonal farm workers after they complete their 14 day isolation.

Infection Control Recommendations for Seasonal Farm Worker Housing Post-…

Additional Information
Legal requirements

 

The HNHU is committed to working with local farmers to protect the health and safety of seasonal agricultural workers and the community.

All locations will be subjected to random checks and audits by the Health Unit and By-Law Enforcement Officers. Legal action can be taken against employers of seasonal farm workers for non-compliance issues, as per Section 22 Order, under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA)  R.S.O. 1990, c.H.7   Additionally, given seasonal farm workers from abroad are subject to the Quarantine Act, federal regulators may also require inspection and take legal action where required. 

Workplace Health and Safety

 

As with all employers, the Occupational Health and Safety Act applies on farms where seasonal agriculture workers are employed.  While the HNHU is not responsible for oversight of workplace practices beyond seasonal agricultural worker housing, we strongly recommend employers stay up to date and implement provincial guidelines as well as any other applicable regulatory requirements.  For further guidance, please consult the Ministry of Labour.

General COVID-19 Information

 

For more information on COVID-19 such as symptoms, transmission, and personal protection measures click here.