Prevention System Updates

Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program Launched to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Release Date:  Jun 03, 2020

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the federal and provincial governments are launching the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program to help agriculture producers and meat processing facilities enhance health and safety measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

"The health and safety of our farmers and food processors is paramount," said Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. "This additional investment assists agriculture businesses and meat processing facilities in Ontario with implementing measures that follow the best public health guidance for our essential agri-food workers."

"Our hard-working agri-food heroes in food processing plants across Ontario play a critical role in keeping our food supply chain strong," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "This project is an important step in keeping our essential workers healthy and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond."

Funding is available to provincially-regulated meat processors and agriculture producers (farms) for initiatives such as purchasing personal protective equipment, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, redesigning workstations and support worker accommodations, work-site mobility and transportation.

Under the Partnership, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) will be providing support to agri-food businesses, in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, with personalized consulting and training to improve the effective management of the risk of COVID-19. The Partnership provides for $500,000 in funded access to WSPS training and consulting services.

$250,000 funding is directed to provincially regulated abattoirs and meat processing facilities and $250,000 to agricultural producer operations such as farms, greenhouses and horticultural production operations, livestock production operations, and field/cash crop production.

This program will be in effect until March 31, 2021 or until the funding is fully allocated.

To inquire about WSPS consulting and training, contact our Customer Care Department at 1-877-494-WSPS (9777) or 905-614-1400.

For more information and to access funding under the Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program, visit the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs website:

Media Contact: Meagan Wadeson, Internal Communications Lead, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, Meagan.Wadeson@wsps.ca, 905-614-1400 Ext 2233.

This project is funded in part by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

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