News releases

  • Opinion Editorial Growing local crops with skilled labour critical during times of crisis By Dusty Zamecnik

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  • March 27, 2020 Opinion Editorial Local food production critical during times of crisis By Shawn Brenn

    March 27, 2020    Opinion Editorial Local food production critical during times of crisis By Shawn Brenn In a normal year, our family farm would be busy getting ready for spring planting season. That means preparing seeds and fields and getting ready to get crops in the ground. Potatoe...

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  • Opinion Editorial 2020 apple crop in jeopardy without essential workers on farm By Brian Gilroy

    March 27, 2020 Opinion Editorial 2020 apple crop in jeopardy without essential workers on farm By Brian Gilroy By Ontario standards, I have a relatively small apple orchard. I grow about a dozen different varieties on 25 acres of land that looks over beautiful Georgian Bay. Even on my small acrea...

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  • Opinion editorial Practical solutions for seasonal workers critical to getting fruit and vegetable crops planted in time By Kevin Howe

    March 27, 2020 Opinion editorial Practical solutions for seasonal workers critical to getting fruit and vegetable crops planted in time By Kevin Howe It's always been important for us as farmers to get our crops in the ground on time in the spring. But it's never been more important t...

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  • Issues Background Importance of Seasonal and Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers to Ontario

    Issues Background Importance of Seasonal and Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers to Ontario Updated: March 27, 2020 Issue related to COVID-19: Ontario farmers are struggling to get skilled international essential labour to help plant, grow and harvest crops for the 2020 season. This is an issu...

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  • Relief for fruit and vegetable growers as more details of travel exemptions released

    Relief for fruit and vegetable growers as more details of travel exemptions released   Date: March 20, 2020 Time: 9:30pm   Further to the news release from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture below, the OFVGA is extremely relieved to see more details released by the federal governmen...

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  • Updated Statement from the OFVGA on the status of travel restrictions for foreign workers

    Statement from the OFVGA on the status of travel restrictions for foreign workers Date: March 20, 2020 Time: 8:00pm   As this unprecedented week comes to a close, the OFVGA would like to provide an update to stakeholders regarding the status of travel restrictions for essential foreign worke...

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  • 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  i...

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  • OFVGA Statement on COVID-19

    OFVGA Statement on COVID-19   The OFVGA board and staff have been and will continue to work with urgency to address the impacts of the extraordinary measures being taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic, namely the international travel ban that were announced by the federal government earlie...

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