Ontario growers already enrolled in an eligible production insurance plan who suffer from crop losses due to labour disruptions during the 2020 growing season will have access to further AgriInsurance coverage through Agricorp. The added insurance coverage will include:
- Inability to attract sufficient on-farm labour due to COVID-19; and
- Illness or quarantine of on-farm labour and the producer due to COVID-19.
Farmers will be expected to notify Agricorp as soon as possible if they experience COVID-19 related labour disruptions that are having an impact on their crops.
"This announcement is an important first step towards giving growers assurances that their government will have their backs during the pandemic," said Bill George, chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association (OFVGA). "We thank Minister Bibeau for making this enhanced coverage possible, and we thank Minister Hardeman and the Ford government for its leadership, and for being the first province in Canada to take this step."
In a OFVGA note to members, growers enrolled in crop insurance who are experiencing labour shortages should ensure they are documenting the shortage, mitigation measures taken, and the associated impacts as best as possible to support potential crop insurance claims for this season.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs July 9, 2020 news release