During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is closely monitoring updates and recommendations from government and public health officials. OFA staff are working from home offices and will…
In response to the Ontario government’s stay-at-home orders which came into effect at 12:01 a.m. on January 14, 2021, OFA has developed the Stay-at-Home Exemption Letter for members and their employees. The letter clearly outlines that under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, any person (farmer or employee) carrying the letter is considered exempt from the stay-at-home order while conducting essential business activities.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, both the Canadian government and the Ontario government have announced financial assistance measures for individuals and businesses, including farm businesses. Below is a summary of existing programs and new financial assistance measures that may be relevant to Ontario farm businesses.
Canadian farmers who operate their business using a personal bank account are now eligible to apply for the Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program which currently provides $40,000 (soon to be $60,000) in interest free loans. If the loan is repaid prior to December 31, 2022 $10,000 will be forgivable. Once the program expands to a $60,000 loan the forgivable portion will increase to a maximum of $20,000.
There are many ways to manage risk and improve the safety and well-being of your farm business workplace, while doing your part to reduce the risk to public health and supply chain disruptions.
OFA urged the federal government to follow through on its promise to allow farmers and other businesses who do not have a business bank account to access funds under the Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program. OFA also requested that the list of eligible non-deferrable expenses be expanded to include crop inputs, feed purchases, etc. under the CEBA program.
GUELPH, ON [June 10, 2020] – Ontario’s agri-food sector prioritizes the health and safety of all employees, including essential agricultural workers, as this workforce is vital to our domestic food supply and food security. During the COVID-19 crisis, protecting the health and welfare of this essential workforce has become increasingly important.
OFA appealed to Finance Minister Morneau and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Bibeau to make it a priority to ensure program implementation of federal announcements of May 5, 2020 and May 19, 2020 is not further delayed. The May 5, 2020 announcement included the $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund, the $125 million in funding for AgriRecovery Initiatives for cattle and hog producers, and an initial $50 million for the Surplus Food Purchase Program.
Unquestionably, these are tough days. The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to make significant changes professionally and personally, in a very short period of time, while also attending to our feelings around the disease. For many of us, we may be having trouble partaking in usual activities that support our well-being. This resource was designed to help stimulate ideas for well-being activities during COVID-19.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario’s equine industry has been facing unprecedented financial hardships. The equine sector in Ontario is very diverse, with significant economic and social contributions. It touches on a…