Canadian Government Gives Millions in Aid to Agricultural Workers
A total of $26.6 million will go toward agriculture and food worker relief in Canada.
- By Nikki Johnson-Bolden
- Oct 15, 2020
The federal Canadian government along with provincial governments announced on October 13 that they will be investing $11.6 million to help protect agricultural workers from coronavirus, according to the London Free Press.
The invested money will be the second installment of funds given to farmers after $15 million was given through the Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has reminded us all of the importance of our food supply chain,” said Ernie Hardeman, the agriculture minister of Ontario. “We’re working with the sector to reinforce its capacity and its strength.”
The funds are supposed to go towards agricultural safety measures to assist with COVID-19 outbreaks that have occurred in the farming community. It is reported that over 1,800 farm workers in Ontario, Canada have contracted coronavirus.
For more information on agriculture worker safety in Canada, go to omafra.gov.
Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.