In response to the Ontario government’s stay-at-home orders which came into effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 8, 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 (EMPCA), any person (farmer or employee) carrying the letter is considered exempt from the stay-at-home order while conducting essential business activities.
The letter clearly identifies businesses that are permitted to stay open as well as a list of essential activities related to the agriculture and food sector that are exempt.
The purpose of the letter is to allow farmers and employees to travel in order to conduct business.
The template letter is available for members in both English and French.