Statement from the OFVGA on the status of travel restrictions on temporary foreign workers
Statement from the OFVGA on the status of travel restrictions on temporary foreign workers:
The OFVGA is pleased to see the statement from provincial Minister Hardeman, and have had discussions with federal Minister Bibeau, which confirm that the federal government is working towards exempting temporary foreign workers from pending travel restrictions due to covid-19. Seasonal agricultural workers are essential to annual food production. Without the support of these workers, domestic food production will be impossible or significantly limited.
While we are encouraged that the federal government is supportive of ensuring season agricultural workers arrive in Canada, there are still many logistical challenges and details to resolve. The OFVGA continues to work closely with our national allies, F.A.R.M.S., the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the Canadian Horticultural Council, and the federal government to find workable solutions to ensure the timely arrival of workers.
Further, OFVGA will work closely with government and health officials to ensure that the entry of these essential foreign workers is done in the safest way possible, to protect the health of Canadians, the workers, and maintain a safe and secure domestic food supply.
The OFVGA will continue to share details as they become available from the federal government. The continued support of stakeholders and the provincial and federal government is appreciated as we collectively navigate this uncharted territory.