OFA understands that farms and agri-businesses have many questions and concerns about being considered ‘Essential Workplaces’ as per the guidelines released by the Government of Ontario. To prove your status as a farm business owner, your first option can be the OFA member card. If you have any concerns about other workers on the farm being asked to prove their involvement in the operation at this time, OFA has developed a template letter that can be modified to suit your business and printed for others to use when travelling off the farm for work-related reasons or for travelling from field to field. The letter incorporates language related to the seasonal worker’s completion of the required 14-day self-isolation protocol upon arrival to Canada.
The template letter is available in English and French for both essential seasonal workers and essential domestic workers.
For a complete list of all essential work categories, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces.