How will temporary foreign workers be impacted by new travel restrictions?

Toronto Pearson airplane

With new travel restrictions being imposed on travellers entering Canada, many questions have been raised over the impact it might have on migrant workers coming to work on Niagara’s farms and vineyards. In addition to providing proof of a negative …

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‘Expect a visit’: Niagara’s farms under scrutiny in COVID-19 enforcement blitz

greenhouse

Niagara’s agricultural and farming operations have been put on notice.  Ontario labour minister, Monte McNaughton, recently said the region’s  agriculture sector “can expect a visit” from ministry inspectors.  “We’re proactively going to farms, greenhouses and other locations where agricultural workers …

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Drive-through food giveaway in Wainfleet meets community need, at a distance

wainfleet food drive

An hour-and-a-half before the food giveaway was scheduled to begin, cars  had already begun to line up at the Wainfleet BIC Church this past  Saturday.  Open  Arms Mission of Welland, who paired up with the church, had around  1,500 pounds …

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Poultry virus continues its spread through Niagara

broiler chickens

Since an outbreak of Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT) at an unidentified Smithville poultry farm last December, the virus — which is only experienced by poultry, cannot be transferred to humans and does not affect food safety — has spread to an …

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Community supported agriculture got a boost from the pandemic, but will the surge last?

Sascha Ohme

Niagara’s community supported agriculture (CSA) programs were bolstered by a  dramatic increase in consumers turning toward locally grown food during  the pandemic.  The  convenience of grocery supermarkets fizzled under daunting line ups,  COVID-19 quizzes and occasionally empty shelves as  food …

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Niagara flower growers blooming with optimism into 2021 growing season after pandemic wilt

Flower growers

Growing flowers may not seem like tough business, but as many aspiring pandemic green thumbs can now likely attest, there’s more involved than simply adding a little water and sunlight.  As the coronavirus began stifling businesses back in March last …

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Delayed arrival of migrant workers causing worry among some Niagara greenhouse growers

Migrant workers

New requirements of air travellers to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding a plane to Canada are proving to be a barrier for temporary foreign workers from Mexico. Announced Dec. 31, the Transport Canada regulations came …

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