Helping Farmers Protect Workers' Health and Safety

Published on March 26, 2021

Beasmville - The Ontario Government, through Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), is providing information sessions to help farmers and other agri-food operators better protect workers' health and safety and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. The webinar session for Niagara is being offered on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 and is hosted by Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, in collaboration with Randy Pettapiece, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister, and Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

The 2021 growing season is already underway in some parts of the agri-food industry and temporary foreign agricultural workers have started to arrive in Ontario. This information session will help all farmers and operators enhance health and safety requirements and apply best practices in their operations.

"The health and safety of farm workers is a top priority as local greenhouses, nurseries, vineyards and orchards prepare for a new growing season in the context of COVID-19," said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

"Many local growers have expressed appreciation for these sessions in the past, and we hope Tuesday's information session is just as helpful."

"I know farmers and agri-food operators care deeply about their workers' health and safety," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

"There is an abundance of resources and information out there and these sessions will help each farmer and agri-food business in their ongoing efforts to improve their own workplaces to protect their workers."

The upcoming session for Niagara will support agriculture workplaces, including those with temporary foreign agriculture workers or other employees, to prepare for and put in place effective measures and training based on evidence-based practices. It will also introduce tools and resources to assist these workplaces to implement these practices and includes access to up to two days of individualized consulting and training services by WSPS experts for their business.

The webinar for Niagara will take place on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 4 PM.