The Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association is working hard with provincial and federal leaders on the status of travel restrictions on seasonal agricultural workers. Logistical challenges remain.
The U.S. embassy has suspended processing of new H-2A worker applications in Mexico City and its offices across the country. The U.S. Apple Association, one of the founders of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, is asking for a reversal of that position.
FARMS and CanAgTravel have issued clarification on today’s media reports regarding temporary foreign workers. The horticultural sector’s strategy document is before the Prime Minister and Cabinet tonight, March 18th.
Despite best lobby efforts of agriculture’s leaders, the federal government has announced that seasonal agricultural workers from the Caribbean and Mexico cannot land in Canada effective March 18 at 12:01 am. While 8,000 workers are already in Ontario, another 22,000 were expected over coming months for the 2020 crop year.
The Pest Management Centre has cancelled the March 24-26 annual meeting of registrants and stakeholders, however work will continue through other methods.
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The Canadian Senate gave Royal Assent to the new United States-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement on March 13, 2020. It was an historic event, overshadowed by the global pandemic of COVID-19.
Fred Webber, president of the Dispute Resolution Corporation, introduced a new logo at the Canadian Horticultural Council’s annual banquet in Ottawa. The new tag line? Trade with confidence. The timing coincides with DRC’s 20th anniversary.
The Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative will help growers invest in biosecurity, environmental stewardship, production and market development.
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has developed an information document to help advise the produce sector on the epidemiology of COVID-19, communicate best practices for handling produce, and provide verified, fact-based advice, to help the industry continue to deliver the highest quality, safest produce to consumers.