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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 of Canada and Ontario 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.