Agrifood Resources during COVID-19

 

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New “Taste Comox Valley” Growers Guide App

New for 2020, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, CVEDS is pleased to announce a “Taste Comox Valley” Grower’s Guide App which is designed to encourage customers to visit and shop at local farm stands and markets. Special pricing is available for members of the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, Comox Valley Farmers’ Institute, Comox Valley Exhibition, and the Mid Island Farmers’ Institute.  View details here.

BC’s Restart Plan Resources

BC’s Restart Plan: main page and resources here

  • PDF version of plan – next steps to move BC through the pandemic here
  • BC COVID-19 Go-Forward Management Strategy here
  • Key Steps to Safely Operating Your Business or Organization and Reducing COVID-19 Transmission here

BC Agri-Business Planning Program here

  • COVID-19 Business Recovery Planning here
  • Specialized Business Planning here

BC Food & Beverage: Protecting Our People Program here

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: Use these Tip Sheets by sector as guidance while operating during a pandemic here

  • Agriculture here
  • Food Processing here
  • Disinfection of Touchpoints here

WorkSafeBC:

  • Agriculture and COVID-19 safety here
  • COVID-19 and returning to safe operation here

 

Upcoming Webinars/Teleconferences

Small Scale Food Processor Association: Ag-Food Entrepreneur & Supervisor Training Program here

Canadian Food Processors Institute: e-learning courses available

  • Managing the Virtual Workplace here
  • National Sanitation Training Program here

 

Online Resources

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Industry questions and answers on food safety, food supply, financial support, temporary foreign workers and more, as well as related links here

  • Youth Employment and Skills Program provides a wage subsidy to employers who hire youth for agricultural jobs. This program offers support for 50% of wages, up to a maximum of $14,000.  View details here
  • Guide for Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada here
  • Workplace guidance for sector employers and employees here

AgPal: Program and Service Finder

AgSafe: Emergency planning resources here

  • Agricultural Site COVID-19 Prevention Procedures here
  • Enhanced Surface Cleaning and Disinfection here
  • Build Your Safety Program here

AgriService BC: Sign up to receive emails for upcoming webinars, events, and resources here

BC Agriculture Council: Information and resources

BC Centre for Disease Control (CDC): Farmers’ markets are not currently considered a high risk setting for transmission of COVID-19 here

BC Farmers Markets: BCAFM continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely and provide updates as they relate to farmers’ markets and their members here

  • Modifying Market Operations here

BC Food Safety: funding opportunities

  • On-Farm Food Safety Program: 5-year program provides up to $10,000 in funding to on-farm businesses such as food farmers, producers, packers, and ranchers in BC who want to earn food safety certifications and implement food safety improvement activities here
  • Post-Farm Food Safety Program: 5-year program provides up to $20,000 in funding to BC food and beverage manufacturing facilities, leading toward the implementation of activities which directly encourage stronger food safety practices here

BC Government:

  • Greenhouse Carbon Tax Relief Grant (apply before May 1, 2020) here
  • Agricultural Income & Savings Account (AgriInvest) here
  • BC AgriStability Enhancement Program here

Buy BC: Buy BC Partnership Program E-commerce Funding Stream here

  • The Government of BC has committed $300,000 to Buy BC E-commerce activities to support the immediate needs of the sector as a result of COVID-19.
  • Up to $5,000 per applicant
  • The application window will open May 15 at 9am PDT
  • First-come, first-serve basis until funding has been fully allocated

CanadaGAP: Impact of coronavirus on CanadaGAP (good agricultural practices) audits and food safety here

  • Food Safety impact here
  • Impact on supply of Food Safety-related item here
  • Guidance for Certified Bodies here

Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council: Information and tips on COVID-19

  • AgriHR Toolkit here
  • How do we Manage on the Farm here
  • Managing the Risk to the Work Environment here

Canadian Federation of Agriculture: CFA COVID-19 Resources here

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA): Industry information, prioritizing, food safety, and more here

  • CFIA information for industry here
  • Latest updates for CFIA employees here
  • CFIA information for consumers on food and animal health here

Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC): COVID-19 information centre here

  • CHC and partner-developed fact sheet here

Canadian Produce Marketing Association: CPMA’s updates and resources here

  • Info sheet for the produce sector here
  • Info sheet for consumers here

Farm Credit Canada: FCC’s response to COVID-19, including additional lending capacity here

  • Loan payment deferrals and products to assist with cash flow needs here
  • FCC lending capacity increases by $5B to alleviate industry financial pressure here

Farm Management Canada: Resources here

  • Update and Online Opportunities from Farm Management Canada here

Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC: COVID-19 news and updates for employees, members, and manufacturing and food processing industries in BC here

  • View webinars here

Small Scale Food Processor Association (SSFPA)

  • Ag-Food Entrepreneur & Ag-Food Supervisor training program here
  • TotalSnap Online Marketing Tools here

 

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