Covid-19 Information

Here is a summary of Covid-19 information and links to important websites that might be useful to TCO Cert’s certified organic operators.

Last updated: April 20, 2020


Government of Canada supports:

General information page with the Government of Canada, that gives an over-arching view of the Emergency Response Plan: Government of Canada Emergency Response – General

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): CFIA information for industry

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is delivering critical services that protect food safety, animal health, plant health and market access. Appropriate oversight of domestic production and imported food products are essential to providing safe food for consumers while supporting trade and the supply chain. As the COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to evolve, the CFIA will seek to review and adjust its response efforts accordingly. The CFIA will continue to actively review its response to COVID-19 and adjust as appropriate. The Government of Canada works in close collaboration with industry and its federal, provincial and territorial partners.

Questions and concerns regarding Canada’s food system can be found here.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada information:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and its impacts on the Canadian agricultural industry. The Government of Canada is taking the necessary steps to ensure that producers and processors can continue to operate effectively and keep supply lines open, while informing industry of the latest developments. Website with common questions and answers (some higlights are below): Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Information for the agriculture and agri-food industry

  • Are there any additional Government of Canada agriculture and agri-food sector-specific resources?

    The Farm Credit Canada lending capacity was increased by an additional $5 billion. This new injection of credit allows FCC to help farmers, agribusinesses and food processors who face cash flow issues from deferral to the principal or interest portions of their loans to accessing additional credit.

    Producers with an Advance Payments Program loan due by April 30 have been granted an extension to their repayment deadline.

    Producers continue to have access to a comprehensive suite of Business Risk Management programs to help them manage significant financial impacts and risks beyond their control.

    Details on travel exemptions granted to temporary foreign workers, as well as the associated protocols can be found on Employment and Social Development Canada’s page.
  • Will the Canada-U.S. border remain open for cargo? Will rail lines, ports and trucking services continue to operate?

    Yes. The continued movement of agri-food products, both at home and abroad, is essential to Canada’s plan to manage COVID-19. The movement of goods over borders will not be restricted.

    Truck drivers, plane crews and others who are transporting goods are essential to our supply chains. As long as they are not showing symptoms, these workers are exempted from travel bans.

    For information on border crossings, please contact the Canada Border Services Agency.

Prime Minister announces support for farmers and agri-food businesses under Canada’s response to COVID-19

March 23, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian farmers and food businesses work hard so Canadians have quality food on their grocery store shelves and kitchen tables. In these times of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make sure that they are supported so they can continue providing the good, healthy food that nourishes our families.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced important new measures to support farmers and agri-food businesses in Canada facing financial hardship due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Farm Credit Canada will receive support from the Government of Canada that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors. This will offer increased flexibility to farmers who face cashflow issues and to processors who are impacted by lost sales, helping them remain financially strong during this difficult time.

In addition, all eligible farmers who have an outstanding Advance Payments Program (APP) loan due on or before April 30 will receive a Stay of Default, allowing them an additional six months to repay the loan. This important measure, which represents $173 million in deferred loans, will help keep more money in farmers’ pockets during these critical months.

The Stay of Default will also provide farmers the flexibility they need to manage their cashflow when facing lower prices or reduced marketing opportunities. Applicable farmers who still have interest-free loans outstanding will have the opportunity to apply for an additional $100,000 interest-free portion for 2020-2021, as long as their total APP advances remain under the $1 million cap.

The Government of Canada remains committed to supporting Canada’s agricultural sector to ensure that farmers and businesses have the support they need to provide for their families and all Canadians during this critical time.

Full announcement and details can be found at this link.