Information and Tips on COVID-19

Keeping up to date with COVID-19 details and recommended protocols is challenging for everyone at this time. CAHRC is here to help. We have created a dedicated webpage with the latest information, recommendations, employee management tips, tools (posters, policies) and links to authorities. We will also continue to share relevant news articles through our Newsfeed. These details will help you respond to the pandemic and limit the impact and spread of COVID-19 within your business. For additional HR-related support and material, CAHRC’s AgriHR Toolkit resources including policies, templates and tools that you may find helpful. 


The Canadian Agricultural HR Council (CAHRC) would like to learn about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected farm businesses, the supports they need, and expectations for the future. This information will help CAHRC understand the impact of the pandemic on the agriculture workforce and help ensure the agriculture industry is able to recover quickly in the coming years.Chronic labour shortages are a real and very frustrating problem for many producers in Canada. Unfilled vacancies in agriculture result in production delays, lost production and/or sales, and delays or cancellations of expansion plans. The COVID-19 pandemic may have amplified these issues.  CAHRC’s current research is so important and needed to help to more clearly understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the agriculture workforce. We need your help!  Please complete the survey before January 5, 2021. 
 

Disclaimer: The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation and the response to it is also evolving. Information shared on this page does not replace workplace requirements as outlined by federal, provincial and regional legislation, regulations and requirements (e.g. Quarantine Act, Employment Standards, Human Rights, Occupational Health and Safety) and should not be used as or considered legal advice. It is the responsibility of workplace parties to ensure compliance with the legislation. This page does not constitute legal advice.

Latest COVID-19 Information & Resources

Where can I find information to help me ensure my work environment is safe for my workers, meeting the occupational health and safety requirements?

As the COVID-19 crisis has evolved, more clarity on how to ensure a safe workplace has become available from federal and provincial governments.

It is recommended that you consult your provincial government’s health and safety and labour requirements in addition to these resources.

Information about COVID-19 and agriculture, agri-food and agri-business is accessible here:

There are also requirements and guidelines that have been set out by CFIA and provincial governments:

How can I access information about the federal government programs to support businesses and employees?

The federal government resources for Canadian businesses can be found at these links:

Where do I find the latest information on what I need to do to manage my foreign workers?

The COVID-19 crisis has had an impact on the arrival, movement and management of Temporary Foreign Workers. As this crisis has evolved, new guidelines and requirements have been released by federal and provincial governments. CAHRC’s AgriHR Toolkit provides resources related to managing foreign workers that you may find helpful. 

The following is a list of key documents currently available:

Are there tools and resources available to support my own and my employees’ mental health?

CAHRC’s AgriHR Toolkit provides tools and templates for developing workplace wellness policies and work environments.

There are also several free mental health resources available for yourself and your employees.

You may also wish to provide resources in other languages for those workers whose first language may not be English or French. Here are some links to mental health resources available in other languages:

Where can I find information about posting jobs to hire a local labour force?

Where do I find information about managing employees including sick leave, exposure to COVID-19, access to benefits and laying off/re-employing workers?

The COVID-19 crisis has meant a shift in managing employees. To ensure you have the most up-to-date information, it is recommended that you consult legal counsel.

CAHRC’s AgriHR Toolkit provides  HR-related resources including policies, templates and tools that you may find helpful.

There is a number of legal resources available on-line that address many of these questions. Some examples include:

It is also recommended that you consult federal and provincial/territorial employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety and labour regulations and guidelines.