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Federal program provides pathway to permanent residency for ag workers

A total of 2,750 applications will be accepted annually throughout the pilot, from May 15, 2020 to May 14, 2023. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

New process allows temporary foreign workers to change jobs quickly

The federal government has announced a new, temporary policy that will reduce the time it takes for a temporary foreign worker to start a new job.

Ontario announces funding for COVID-19 safety measures for producers

Each project is eligible for up to $7,500, cost-shared at 70 per cent. There is a limit of one project per eligible business, per farm property, and expenses must be incurred on or after May 14, 2020. 
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Curbside sales show greater spend

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Ontario institute seeks young leaders for rural pilot program

Open to candidates between 18 and 29 years of age, the program seeks to help young adults wanting to make a difference in their rural communities and establish a network of rural change makers across Ontario. » Read more

BC program funds post-COVID-19 recovery

Eligible primary agriculture must produce products that are entirely grown in B.C. with total annual gross revenues greater than $30,000/year in the previous year. » Read more

BC offers on-farm funding for COVID-19 safety supplies

The On-Farm Food Safety Program (OFFS) in British Columbia is offering COVID-19 cost-share funding for eligible agriculture and agri-food businesses. » Read more