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CORONAVIRUS DISEASE   (COVID-19)

INFORMATION FOR BEEKEEPERS

(last updated 2020-04-09 – see below)

Maintaining and supporting our beekeeping industry is crucial/critical during this time.

The Canadian Honey Council is closely monitoring developments as they impact our industry. We are working on an hourly basis in close liaison with the Canadian Government, provincial/territorial governments, and provincial bee associations to gather and share information and develop strategies for dealing with the emergent issues in our industry.

This site will be updated with the most recent information, developments and direction being provided as quickly as they are formalized.

An archive of all updates can be found at http://honeycouncil.ca/chc-news/covid-19/

 

UPDATES

NEW *** April 9, 2020 – 4:00 pm (MDT)

COVID-19 Weekly Information Update / Mise a jour de la semaine – AAFC  (April 9, 2020)

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We would like to share with you a few updates related to COVID-19 that you may find of interest. Please do not hesitate to share this information with your networks.

  1. Canada Emergency Business Account
  2. Temporary Foreign Workers
  3. Additional Details on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
  4. Temporary Changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program
  5. Letter of Employment Confirmation – Essential transportation worker
  6. Air Freight
  7. CFIA’s temporary suspension of certain labelling requirements for foodservice products due to COVID-19
  8. Fertilizer Canada’s Template for Essential Services Letter
  9. Updates – International Trading Partners

Nous souhaitons partager avec vous quelques mises à jour concernant la COVID-19 qui pourraient vous intéresser. N’hésitez pas à partager cette information parmi vos réseaux.

  1. Compte d’urgence pour les entreprises canadiennes
  2. Travailleurs étrangers temporaires
  3. Information supplémentaire sur la Subvention salariale d’urgence du Canada
  4. Changements temporaires apportés au programme Emplois d’été Canada
  5. Lettre de confirmation de l’emploi – travailleurs essentiels du transport
  6. Fret aérien
  7. L’ACIA – Suspension temporaire de certaines exigences d’étiquetage pour les produits de services alimentaires en raison de la COVID-19
  8. Modèle de lettre de Fertilisants Canada pour les services essentiels (disponible en anglais seulement)
  9. Mises à jour – Partenaires commerciaux internationaux

Weekly information update – Mise a jour de la semaine- AAFC, April 9, 2020 (en & fr)

 

April 7, 2020 – 12:30 pm (MDT)

Some information updates related to COVID-19 / Quelques mises à jour concernant la COVID-19.

Similar message to the April 4, 2020, however please see additional information in item in #3.

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The Government of Canada continues to share information to ensure employers, workers and stakeholders are aware of their obligations to comply with public health requirements in the context of COVID-19.

  1. Below I a link to a joint letter from the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, outlining the Government of Canada’s expectations of employers seeking to bring in temporary foreign workers to Canada.

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/minister-letter-foreign-workers.html

2.  In addition the Temporary Foreign Worker Program has now posted new FAQs online. These FAQs provide new and updated guidance to employers regarding the payment of wages during the 14-day self isolation period, and should be used by employers and stakeholders to complement the Guidance to Employers shared with you last week.

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/foreign-workers/employer-compliance/covid-faq.html

Information on new measures under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is available at:

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html

3.  In addition, we wanted to draw your attention to a link from Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to request companies to let the Government of Canada know what products or services they have to support Canada’s response to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada needs information about products and services businesses can supply in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19. This includes medical products for prevention, like disposable N95 masks, vinyl gloves and hand sanitizer. It also includes different services, such as security, nursing, and food services. The full list is posted on the Calling all suppliers – Help Canada Combat COVID-19 on Buyandsell.gc.ca. Information regarding product specifications is also available.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and please continue to check the AAFC website for updates.

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Le gouvernement du Canada continue de partager des informations pour s’assurer que les employeurs, les travailleurs et les intervenants sont conscients de leurs obligations de se conformer aux exigences de santé publique dans le cadre de COVID-19.

  1. Vous trouverez ci-dessous un lien vers une lettre conjointe de la ministre de la Santé, l’honorable Patty Hajdu et de la ministre de l’Emploi, du Développement de la main-d’œuvre et de l’Inclusion des personnes handicapées, l’honorable Carla Qualtrough, qui décrit les attentes du gouvernement du Canada à l’égard des employeurs qui souhaitent embaucher des travailleurs étrangers temporaires.

https://www.canada.ca/fr/emploi-developpement-social/ministere/avis/lettre-ministres-travailleurs-etrangers.htm

2.  En plus des conseils aux employeurs qui vous ont été communiqués la semaine dernière, le Programme des travailleurs étrangers temporaires a maintenant mis en ligne une nouvelle Foire aux questions. Ces FAQs fournissent des orientations nouvelles et actualisées aux employeurs concernant le paiement des salaires pendant la période d’auto-isolement de 14 jours, et devraient être utilisées par les employeurs et les intervenants pour compléter les lignes directives précédentes.

https://www.canada.ca/fr/emploi-developpement-social/services/travailleurs-etrangers/conformite-employeurs/lecovid-faq.html

Des informations sur les nouvelles mesures dans le cadre du Programme des travailleurs étrangers temporaires sont disponibles à l’adresse suivante :

https://www.canada.ca/fr/emploi-developpement-social/ministere/avis/coronavirus.html 

3.  De plus, nous voulions attirer votre attention sur un lien de Services publics et marchés publics Canada (PSPC) pour demander aux entreprises de faire connaître au gouvernement du Canada les produits ou services dont elles disposent pour soutenir la réponse du Canada dans la lutte contre la pandémie de Covid-19. Le gouvernement du Canada a besoin de renseignements sur les produits et les services que des entreprises peuvent fournir à l’appui de la réponse du Canada à la COVID 19. Cela comprend des produits médicaux de prévention, tel que des masques N95 à usage unique, des gants de vinyle et du désinfectant pour les mains, ainsi que différents services, notamment dans les domaines de la sécurité, des soins infirmiers et des services alimentaires. La liste complète est affichée sur l’Appel à tous les fournisseurs – Aider le Canada à combattre la maladie du coronavirus (COVID-19) sur Achatsetventes.gc.ca. Des renseignements sur spécifications des produits sont aussi disponibles.

Nous vous remercions de votre collaboration et nous vous invitons de continuer à consulter le site web du AAC pour les mises à jour.

Industry Engagement Division /  Division de la consultation du secteur Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada / Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada

Government of Canada / Gouvernement du Canada

 

 

 

 

 

……MORE.  An archive of all updates can be found at http://honeycouncil.ca/chc-news/covid-19/

 

 

General information respecting agriculture and the agri-food industry is available on the Government of Canada website and other resource sites listed below:

http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-information-for-industry/?id=1584732749543

Current measures during COVID-19 for industry regulated by the CFIA

From the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council  COVID-19 Information and Tips

 

Note: The CHC is providing information and asking question of Federal government departments daily so if you have a question or feel you can provide relevant information that will assist in mitigating some of the problems that the Corvid-19 pandemic has created, please do not hesitate to contact the office or channel it through your provincial association.

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The Canadian Beekeepers Council was formed in 1940 to assist in negotiating fair practices for labeling, grading, and marketing honey at the national level. The fledgling organization was underfunded and slow to communicate. It was difficult to respond to issues or develop the international markets that the members wanted. It was clear that there was a need for a higher profile and increased international recognition. In 1970 The Canadian Beekeepers Council decided to change its name to Canadian Honey Council (CHC). Currently, the CHC membership consists of representatives of Provincial Associations with the total number of beekeepers at approximately 10,000 managing over 750,000 colonies.

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