• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Expands COVID-19 Inspections to Farming Operations

January 27, 2021

The Ontario government is taking additional measures to protect farmworkers during the pandemic by expanding provincewide inspections to farms, greenhouses and other agricultural operations to ensure health and safety measures are being followed. "Our government is taking action to protect essential temporary foreign workers who may be at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 during the upcoming growing season," said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. "We rely on these workers to ensure our grocery store shelves remain stocked and families have food on the table. These inspections will help stop the spread of COVID-19 on farms, and in our communities." The inspections will focus on locations that employ temporary foreign workers to ensure they are properly protected from COVID-19 through measures such as:

  • Raising awareness of COVID-19 health and safety requirements through the distribution of information and instruction to farm workers, supervisors and employers;

  • Increasing compliance with workplace health and safety laws, including putting protocols in place to ensure hand hygiene, masking, enhanced cleaning and disinfec