Federal Government Information
For current situation update of Covid-19 in Canada: Government of Canada Information on COVID-19
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The agriculture and agri-food sector plays a critical role in distributing safe, high-quality food to Canadians. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and its impacts on the Canadian agricultural industry. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Covid-19 Web page
AAFC has also posted answers to the most frequent questions received from the industry on COVID-19.
Canada Border Services Agency
The President of the Canada Border Services Agency, made a statement highlighting the new measures at the border to address COVID-19.
CBSA published the Tariff Classification and Other Information to Import Medical Supplies, including PPE supplies.
CBSA announced on April 15th the temporary reduction of service hours at certain low-traffic ports of entry (POE) along the Canada-United States land border. These COVID-19 related measures are in effect as of April 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. They will remain in effect until further notice. Click here for the fact sheet with current hours of service.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has made selected courses and publications freely available to help support workplaces in their efforts to protect the health, safety and well-being of their employees during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The CCOHS has provided an online space, Pandemic Info Share, to enable businesses and organizations to share their pandemic-related good practices and resources.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
The CFIA will continue to deliver critical services that serve to preserve the integrity of Canada’s food safety system while safeguarding its animal and plant resource base. Appropriate oversight of domestic production and imported food products are essential to meeting that objective while also supporting trade and the supply chain, including through the certification of exports. Notice to Industry Regarding COVID-19
The CFIA has posted a document to the industry with most frequently asked questions and answers on COVID-19.
Please note that the CFIA is working on adapting the Meat processing Guidance document released yesterday to other food processing businesses that fall under CFIA’s Oversight. As per communications DPAC had with CFIA, dairy processors are encouraged, in the meantime, to consult the above hyperlinked document since many of the Meat specific processing guidance could also apply to dairy processing establishments.
New expectations for operators have been posted on the CFIA website about preventing COVID-19 in establishments regulated by CFIA. The document outlines steps that the CFIA expects operators to take to address exposure risks for both the establishment and CFIA employees.
Canadian Revenue Agency
The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) has published a FAQ on the Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers program.
Department of Finance Canada
- On March 18th the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced on March 23rd new measures to support farmers and agri-food businesses in Canada. Farm Credit Canada will receive support from the Government of Canada that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors: Support for farmers and agri-food businesses under Canada’s response to COVID-19
Global Affairs Canada
A new resource hub on the Global Affairs website is now live for Canadian development partners to navigate through the #COVID19 crisis at home and abroad. The site will provide regularly updated information on: measures the government is taking to support international development partners; repatriation of Canadian project employees and their families, volunteers and interns; support for employees in Canada.
Public Health Agency of Canada
The government has given an exemption to the request to self-isolate for 14 days to workers who are essential to the movement of goods and people. Exemptions for Canadian Critical Infrastructure Workers Arriving in Canada
Public Health Agency of Canada’s Risk-informed decision-making guidelines for workplaces and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic provides employers and employees with guidance to make safe and balanced decisions regarding health actions, including the use of Personal Protective Equipment.
The Government of Canada released national-level modelling on the COVID-19 epidemic in Canada.
Public Safety Canada
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States and Canada are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders as of March 21. Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the U.S.-Canada Border for Non-Essential Purposes
Public Safety Canada is seeking input from critical infrastructure owners and operators to better understand the scope of potential shortages in sanitization products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Canada. The assessment survey can be found here.
The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness has released the “Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic” to assist various jurisdictions and businesses in their decision-making around the types of employees considered essential to maintaining the health, safety, security and economic well-being of Canadians throughout this health crisis.