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Ottawa plans to overhaul temporary foreign worker program

The Canadian federal government plans to overhaul the temporary foreign worker program, including more surprise inspections of living conditions at farms that employ migrant workers.

Third Ontario migrant worker dies of COVID-19

A migrant worker from a farm near Simcoe, Ont. is the latest foreign worker in Ontario to die from COVID-19. The farm currently has 217 positive cases among all its farm employees.

2020 Canadian Organic Standards pass final vote

After the publication of the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards in November, operators have one year to adjust their practices to comply with the revised requirements.
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Featured Articles 

Migrant workers call for change in new report on abuses

The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change released a report on June 8 that detailed complaints made on behalf of over a thousand migrant workers. The report details workers’ experiences with wage theft, lack of COVID-19 precautions by their employer, poor housing conditions and increased surveillance. » Read more...
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Grocery sales continued upward trend after March surge

Whether Canadians were simply restocking depleted pantries, preparing to shop less frequently and reduce their exposure to COVID-19, or truly panic buying, grocery store sales surged in March 2020. Following the March spike, grocery store receipts continued to rise, with year-over-year sales rising 19 per cent in the week of April 11. » Read more...
Virtual Events 

Manitoba Horticulture School Webinar Series

The 2020 Horticulture School hosted by Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development will be presented via webinar during the summer and fall. » Learn more

Viticulture Field Week

Michigan State University is hosting a week of webinars from 12-1 p.m. EST during July 27-31, 2020. » Learn more

NS Webinar: Strategies and adaptations for U-Pick and on-farm produce sales

Catch this June 2 webinar on strategies to reduce risks associated with COVID-19 for U-Pick operations and on-farm produce sales. » Learn more