November 11, 2020 By Fruit and Vegetable
On Nov. 2, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program will be extended until Nov. 30, 2020.
The decision follows the Government of Canada’s decision to extend the Quarantine Act to the same date. The Act requires anyone arriving from outside Canada, including temporary foreign workers, to undergo a mandatory 14-day isolation period upon arriving in Canada.
The $50-million Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program is helping employers in the farming, fish harvesting, and food production and processing sectors with some of the incremental costs incurred to support the safety and health of foreign workers during that 14-day period.
“Producers and processors across the country rely on experienced migrant workers to ensure a stable, nutritious and affordable food supply for Canadians,” Bibeau said in a press release. “This pandemic has put additional strains on growers and processors, and our Government will continue to support them in these challenging times.”
Under the Program, the federal government will provide a maximum support of $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker, to employers who are required to isolate workers under the Quarantine Act. The funding is conditional on employers not being found in violation of the mandatory 14-day isolation protocols or any other public health order.
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