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COVID-19 and Workplace Safety

COVID-19 and Workplace Safety

Agri-food businesses have been diligent and flexible in adapting to COVID-19. As Ontario moves forward in the recovery, we must continue to follow public health guidance and adapt our protocols accordingly.

The Governments are providing financial support to help farmers and agri-food workplaces manage and identify transmission risks to protect their workforces from COVID-19.

Through Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), farmers and agri-food businesses can access professional advice and consulting services to help them with their COVID-19 needs. Your workplace may be eligible for two days of services tailored to your needs (worth $2,000 - paid for by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership). Available until February 28, 2022.

The following workplaces are eligible:

  • Employers, farm sector organizations and farm associations
  • Provincially licensed meat plants
  • Other food processors who employ 1-49 employees

Please reach out to WSPS by:

  • Telephone: 1-877-494-9777 to speak with a customer service representative
  • E-mail: agriculture@wsps.ca

How WSPS can assist:

  • Written COVID-19 workplace safety plans
  • Complimentary resources available at wsps.ca, including sample Safety Plans
  • COVID-19 response checklist
  • COVID-19 response gap analysis
  • COVID-19 response program development
  • COVID-19 response policy and ;procedure development and training
  • Assessing the workplace hazards related to COVID-19 and providing recommendations
  • Review of controls and protocols related to preventing transmission of COVID-19
  • How to support worker mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Managing COVID-19 in shared accommodation

Also, a new online COVID‐19 safety plan builder can be found at Ontario.ca/COVIDSafety, along with the existing safety plan guide and other helpful resources. The interactive platform can be used to develop custom COVID‐19 safety plans.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year investment by governments to encourage innovation, competitiveness and sustainability in Canada's agriculture industry.