Ontario investing $15M in health and safety measures for farm operations

From the office of MPP Toby Barrett

To The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—MPP Toby Barrett welcomed a recent announcement by Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, that the government is taking additional steps to better protect workers in the agri-food sector during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Province is significantly expanding the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program and committing up to $15 million to enhance health and safety measures on farms and in food processing facilities.

“Agri-food businesses and their hardworking employees in Haldimand and Norfolk play a critical role in keeping our food supply chain strong, providing us with fresh, high-quality and nutritious food all year round,” said  Hardeman. “Today’s investment will allow farmers to adapt to this new environment and implement additional health and safety measures during the COVID-19 outbreak.”

The Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program provides cost-share funding for farmers to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and implement workplace modifications and other measures. By significantly expanding the program, farmers can take additional steps to improve health and safety for their workers and ensure the continued supply of locally grown food during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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