Posted: April 28

The Canadian food and beverage sector prepared a series of recommendations to the government for how to support industry continuity through two key phases of COVID-19. Canadian Food Processors.COVID 19.24May2020.Final.E (1)

Posted: April 27

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) confirmed that technicians specified by manufacturer warranty to maintain or repair equipment necessary to support critical infrastructure, including food, are deemed essential workers and are not subject to the 14-day mandatory isolation period.  They must present an exemption form upon entering Canada.

Health Canada published the regulatory requirements for reprocessing of single-use N95 respirators:
Industry Notice – Important Regulatory Considerations for the Reprocessing of Single Use N95 Respirators during the COVID-19 Response.
Health Canada has also been posting information online for industry relating to masks: Optimizing the use of masks and respirators during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Posted: April 24

Prime Minister announces partnerships with provinces and territories to deliver the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses

Posted: April 23

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

This website, facilitated by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, is provided to enable businesses to  share their  pandemic-related good practices and resources that other workplaces may find helpful in developing their own business continuity plans.

Health Canada in partnership with Thrive Health has created the Canada COVID-19 app. You can download it from the App Store or Google Play. This app is a central resource for accessing personalized, trusted, evidence-based information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: April 22

Quebec announced the creation of a transitional web platform accessible to businesses identified as essential services (ours is included) and activities to publish job offers. An enhanced permanent platform will be unveiled at a later date and will replace the current placement system offered on the Emploi-Quebec website.

Posted: April 17

The Alberta and federal governments, with the input and assistance of industry and worker representatives, have developed a plan to respond to confirmed cases of COVID-19 in food processing plants. This is a copy of the plan: af-covid-19-business-resumption-protocol.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety ‘tip sheets

Small Business BC (SBBC) has created a BC Business COVID-19 Support Service that provides information for small businesses about all supports available to them from various bodies. covid-19_small_business_supports

Posted: April 16

COVID‐19 Quick‐Reference Considerations for Employers OslerResource17569 (1)

Prime Minister announces additional support for small businesses [click here]

Posted: April 15

New expectations for operators have been posted on the CFIA website about preventing and responding to COVID-19 in establishments regulated by CFIA

Posted: April 14

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has updated its notice to industry regarding labelling requirements for foodservice products during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the updated notice to industry for more information.

Posted: April 8

Until further notice the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will not prioritize compliance activities associated with the July 15, 2020 coming into force of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) for the manufactured food sector. Any changes to the CFIA’s prioritization of these compliance activities will be announced with adequate lead time once the situation allows.
Despite the above, affected businesses are encouraged to apply for a licence under the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA). However, importers of manufactured food will generally not encounter delays or disruptions in their imports simply because of not having a Safe Food for Canadians licence yet. Domestic manufacturers can continue to operate while they apply for a licence.

Posted: April 7

Effective immediately, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is temporarily suspending certain labelling requirements for foodservice products due to COVID-19. Foodservice products are those intended for hotels, restaurants, and institutions. The temporary changes apply to the labelling of Canadian foodservice products for sale at retail and those re-imported from the U.S. Please read the notice to industry for more information.

From Alberta Health:
Non-healthcare Workplace Guidance During COVID-19 document
Support for Employers and Employee page

Posted: April 6

Joint letter from the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, outlining the Government of Canada’s expectations of employers seeking to bring in temporary foreign workers to Canada.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program has now posted new FAQs online. These FAQs provide new and updated guidance to employers regarding the payment of wages during the 14-day self isolation period, and should be used by employers and stakeholders to complement the Guidance to Employers shared with you last week.

Information on new measures under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is available here.

Link from Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to request companies to let the Government of Canada know what products or services they have to support Canada’s response to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada needs information about products and services businesses can supply in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19. This includes medical products for prevention, like disposable N95 masks, vinyl gloves and hand sanitizer. It also includes different services, such as security, nursing, and food services. The full list is posted here. Information regarding product specifications is also available.

Funding Opportunities from OMAFRA: Ontario Job Grant | Mitacs Accelerate (internship program connects companies with over 50 research-based universities, where graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are given the chance to apply their specialized expertise to business projects) | Market Access Initiative (a targeted cost-share intake available to help businesses and organizations across the Ontario supply value-chain that are directly involved in, or support the production, processing and/or sales of Agri-products for domestic or export markets and have been directly impacted by trade restrictions).

Posted: April 3

“Government Support Watch” – As we see government support programs announced frequently and at times, with updated revisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this for a summary for this week. COVID-19 Government Support Watch – April 3

FDA To Temporarily Conduct Remote Importer Inspections Under FSVP Due to COVID-19 – click here for more information.

Posted: April 2

FCPC releases COVID-19 Operations Best Practices for Industry

Details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to Help Businesses Keep Canadians in their jobs

Safe Grocery Shopping: U of G Expert Dispels Myths

Link to Health Canada’s lists of approved hard surface disinfectants and approved hand sanitizers

Posted: April 1

Many people are baking through the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s how it helps