OFVGA Statement on COVID-19
The OFVGA board and staff have been and will continue to work with urgency to address the impacts of the extraordinary measures being taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic, namely the international travel ban that was announced by the federal government earlier this week. We recognize that not having access to workers this season is extremely worrisome for growers and the industry in general. The OFVGA is working with government to determine ways in which growers can access workers without putting the health of Canadian citizens and foreign workers at risk, and maintain domestic food security.
OFVGA stakeholders are being updated via email as new information becomes available. The sector appreciates the support of all those working to achieve a workable solution to ensure that fruit and vegetable growers can have the necessary workforce to protect the 2020 growing season. Thegrower.org is another place for news on how COVID-19 is impacting the fruit and vegetable sector.
Although the OFVGA office is closed during this time, staff are accessible by email and phone, and continue to work diligently on behalf of Ontario’s fruit and vegetable growers.