Looking to learn more about programs and supports available to protect worker/employer health and safety in the food and beverage processing sector? On December 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., OMAFRA is hosting a free webinar for processors to help them guard against the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in the workplace.
This webinar will provide valuable information on what you need to know as an employer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will learn more about:
- Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) Program
- Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA)
- Food Processing Skills Canada Programs
- Student Work Placement Program
- Succeeding at Work Language Stream
- COVID-19 Prevention and Control
- Provincial Antigen Screening Program (PASP)
- Supports available through OMAFRA to protect worker health and safety
- Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program (EAWPP)
- Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
We have invited experts from Service Canada, Food Processing Skills Canada (FPSC), and the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS).
To register, please visit: ‘Health and Safety in the Workplace’ Webinar.
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Join OMAFRA on December 7th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. to participate in a one-hour webinar for all eligible businesses interested in learning more about the Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program to keep workers safe against COVID-19.
The webinar will provide details about recent changes to the program and tips to apply for financial assistance. To register for the webinar, please visit: Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program Webinar.
The ministry is receiving applications until February 1, 2022, or until funding is fully allocated. In 2021-2022, the program will provide $10 million to help farmers, food and beverage processors, primary food processors, industry organizations and on-farm service providers purchase COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, personal protective equipment, and other safety supplies to better protect workers.
The $36 million program will also help eligible businesses who experience unexpected costs because of a COVID-19 outbreak among on-farm employees or due to an extended quarantine period beyond 14 days.
Register for the webinar today!
The Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program has expanded support to help guard against the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and to promote worker health and safety. The program application deadline runs until February 1, 2022, or until funding is fully allocated.
The program provides funding in the following two categories:
- Workplace COVID-19 Prevention: eligible applicants can claim up to a maximum of $50,000 cost-share funding (60 per cent of eligible expenses) to support the adoption of prevention and mitigation measures. Examples include the purchase of: COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, personal protective equipment, and other safety supplies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among agri-food workers/employees. Eligibility has been expanded to include food and beverage processors with three or more employees, agri-food industry organizations/associations, poultry catchers/vaccinators, and professional barn cleaners.
- Responsive COVID-19 Outbreak Management: eligible applicants who have been impacted by outbreaks and faced extraordinary costs related to employee wages, isolation, and an extended quarantine period beyond 14 days can claim up to 100 per cent funding of eligible expenses. Expanded eligibility includes poultry catchers/vaccinators and professional barn cleaners.
For more information about this program and eligibility, please visit the Guidelines for the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program.
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