COVID-19 Updates

Updates relating to the current COVID-19 pandemic can be found within this page.

AAFC – YESP Announcement

May 26, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is taking steps to ensure the resilience of the food supply chain and to provide support to keep the agriculture sector strong. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, today announced an investment of up to $9.2 million to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) and fund up to 700 new positions for youth in the agriculture industry.

This additional funding will help the agriculture industry attract Canadian youth, ages 15 to 30, to their organizations to assist with labour shortages brought on by the pandemic. This program aims to provide youth, and particularly youth facing barriers to employment, with job experience in agriculture that will provide career-related work experience.

The YESP will provide agriculture employers up to 50 per cent of the cost of hiring a Canadian youth up to $14,000. Indigenous applicants and those applicants hiring a youth facing barriers are eligible for funding of up to 80 per cent of their costs.

Eligible applicants include producers, agri-businesses, industry associations, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous organizations and research facilities. Employers may apply for this funding retroactive to April 1, 2020, with projects to be completed by March 31, 2021.

Application forms are available through the YESP webpage, or to get more information, please contact aafc.yesp-pecj.aac@canada.ca, or call: 1-866-452-5558.

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AgriStability Enrolment Deadline Extended

The initial fee deadline (unless otherwise shown on your Enrolment Notice) for the 2020 program year only has been extended from April 30 to July 3, 2020.

Additional information, including the application process and the AgriStability Benefit Estimator, can be found by clicking here.

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CBIC – Conference Update

The CBIC board (compromised of the Beef Cattle Research Council, Canada Beef, Canadian Beef Breeds Council, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, National Cattle Feeders Association) have made the difficult decision to postpone the conference scheduled for August 11-13th, 2020 until August 17-19th, 2021 in Penticton, British Columbia.

CBIC is in the process of planning a virtual conference for Aug 11-13th, 2020 so the Canadian beef industry can connect, learn, and support one another. This event will be offered as a free online tool for the entire industry. As an integral part of the connectivity pillar in the National Beef Strategy, CBIC wants to continue to offer an opportunity for the industry to come together.

To stay up-to-date on our virtual conference details please visit www.canadianbeefindustryconference.com and follow the CBIC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates.

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Wellness Together Canada

For many Canadians, COVID-19 is having a major impact on their everyday lives, as they work to pay their bills, put food on the table, and take care of themselves and their families. That is why it is more important than ever that Canadians have access to the tools and resources they need to support their health and well-being.

The Prime Minister announced an investment of $240.5 million to develop, expand, and launch virtual care and mental health tools to support Canadians.

Wellness Together Canada is an online portal that provides Canadians with free resources, tools, and professional support services to help with wellness and resilience, as well as mental health and substance use. It will also support a growing family of digital products that includes the Canada COVID-19 app, which helps people track their symptoms, receive the latest updates, and access trusted resources.

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NSDA – Laboratory Services Update

Samples will be accepted effective immediately with testing to begin the week of May 4, 2020.

Laboratory Services COVID-19 Notice

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CCA News Release – Federal Announcement

CCA Statement – Federal Announcement

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Service Canada Update – Temporary Foreign Workers

Special Compliance Inspections for Employers of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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AAFC Updates

AAFC Response – Statistics Canada Food-Processing Data

Information and Implications for the Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector

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Canada Sees no Beef Shortage, But Prices May Rise Due to Coronavirus

Country Guide
By: Kelsey Johnson
April 21, 2020

The Canadian government is not expecting a beef shortage despite the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in certain meat-packing plants, though prices may rise, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.

Trudeau added that beef producers are placing a priority on supplying the Canadian market before exporting products.

Canada, one of the world’s biggest beef and pork exporters, has had several plants idled or slowed as coronavirus inspections spread. Cargill on Monday said it would idle its High River, Alta. beef plant because of an outbreak.

Read the full article here.

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An Urgent Message From The Eastern Canadian Beef Sector

The Eastern Canada beef sector needs help.

Beef farmers proudly supply local, quality beef, but are undergoing economic hardships during COVID-19. They need support to continue providing a trusted, safe product.

Please see this Youtube video, jointly made from all Eastern Canada Cattle Associations asking for help.

 

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