Information Links for Managing Human Resources COVID-19 Response


This infosheet provides a summary of information and links to help you understand changes related to managing staff on your farm operation. The information is current as of the publication date, however, it may be subject to frequent changes.


Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

Employment Standards Amendment Act - Changes

The Ontario Legislature has passed the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 to provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures or to care for other relatives.

The Bill amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to address when emergency leave is available to employees in case of infectious disease emergencies.

The amendments entitle an employee to a leave of absence without pay, starting on the prescribed date, if the employee will not be performing the duties of his or her position because of various reasons related to a designated infectious disease, including that the employee is under medical investigation, supervision or treatment; that the employee is in quarantine or isolation; that the employee is providing care or support to another individual; or that the employee is affected by travel restrictions. Restrictions on the entitlement are specified, and related amendments are made addressing the evidence of entitlement required, when the entitlement ends and the regulation-making powers.

Work Place Safety and Prevention Services Funding

The governments of Canada and Ontario are partnering with the Work Place Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), to provide agri-food businesses, organizations and associations with access to educational resources, tools, and consultation services, to help the sector meet COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, WSPS will develop and introduce industry specific COVID-19 resources for farm businesses and provincially licensed meat plants.

There are two main components. First, WSPS will develop a toolkit to inform and guide approaches and measures to effectively manage the risks of COVID-19 in these operations. The toolkit will include pandemic response and recovery resources. Second, Ontario farmers, farm organizations/association and provincially licensed meat processors will have access to consulting services, in-person or virtually, to meet COVID-19 occupational health and safety requirements and guidelines. Further details at Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program: Agriculture Producers.

COVID-19 Ontario Site

Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council (CAHRC)

Farm Management Canada

Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA)

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Mental Health

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

OMAFRA Resources

Provincial Protocols and Guidelines

  • Ontario's Ministry of Health (MOH) released provincial guidelines to the local Public Health Units based on the federal guidelines, which includes protective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • MLTSD issued occupational health and safety guidelines specific to the agriculture and food processing sector.

For additional information please contact

Agricultural Information Contact Centre:
1-855-696-2811 (TTY)

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300