COVID-19 Information

Message from CEO + Important Resources

Dear members,

This is Anna Belliveau, new Chief Executive Officer of the Agricultural Alliance of NB. I wanted to write a note to let all of you know that the Alliance is still working for you, and although our physical office is closed, all staff is working diligently from home in order to keep files moving and to try and help farmers in this time of hardship. You can reach our office through our phone number at 506-452-8101, send us an email at alliance@fermenbfarm.ca or visit our website at www.fermenbfarm.ca. Please contact us with any concerns or questions that we might be able to help you with.

I started my new job as CEO of the AANB last Wednesday, on April 1, and I have quickly learned some of the issues you all face with the Covid-19 pandemic. We have attended different committee meetings with both your Chair (Lisa Ashworth) and Vice-Chair (Marc Ouellet), who are trying to find solutions to problems such as how to bring in temporary foreign workers, where and how farmers can sell their products, lack of abattoir space, and the financial crisis many of you are in.

There is a new committee (Agriculture Workforce Labor Adjustment Action) which consists of representatives from AANB (myself and Marc O.), the National Farmers Union, Working NB, the Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Really Local Harvest, and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. This committee is tasked with hiring one or more consultants in order to deal specifically Covid-19 related issues facing farmers and agriculture in the province.

We have useful links and support resources for you below in regards to Covid-19, so I invite you to see what could be used for your needs.

We will make sure to keep you updated as things develop.

Stay safe,

Anna Belliveau, CEO
Agricultural Alliance of NB
(506) 452-8101
2-150 Woodside Lane, Fredericton, NB  E3C 2R9
www.fermeNBfarm.ca

Links & Resources

Quick links:

(Updated October 8th) – AAFC Emergency On-Farm Support Fund

Application Form for the Agriculture Transportation Fund

Guidance for Employers: Requirements for Managing Temporary Foreign Worker Arrivals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

TFW Info and consent sheet (translated in English, French & Spanish)

Information for New Brunswick Workers Travelling Within Canada

Contact WorkSafeNB

WorkingNB – Resources for employers and job seekers

Canadian Mental Health Association

Provincial:

COVID-19: Information for the agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries and processing sectors

Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) NB

For the love of New Brunswick: Links to Covid-19 Resources

Opportunities NB: A Guide to Businesses: Provincial and Federal Relief Measures

WorksafeNB: Workplace health and safety, and the coronavirus

 

Federal:

Government of Canada implements surplus food rescue program to help alleviate food concerns of vulnerable Canadians

Maintaining and strengthening Canada’s food production and processing sector

Government of Canada launches second call for proposals under the Local Food Infrastructure Fund

Government of Canada enhances Youth Employment and Skills Program to help create new positions for youth in the agriculture sector

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Information for the agriculture and agri-food industry

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program regarding COVID-19

How the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services: visitors, foreign workers and students

Employment and Social Development Canada – Letter from Ministers to employers – Temporary Foreign Workers – COVID-19

Employment and Social Development Canada – Guidance for employers of Temporary Foreign Workers regarding COVID-19

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Call to action: Canadian manufacturers needed to help combat Covid-19

AAFC Step up to the plate — Help feed Canadians

Canadian Economic Dashboard and COVID-19 

Government of Canada provides $20 million to safeguard Canada’s food supply by supporting critical food inspection services

Keeping Canadians and workers in the food supply chain safe

Canadian Federation of Agriculture: Resources on Covid-19

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council: Information and Tips on COVID-19

Farm Credit Canada: COVID-19 support program

 

Other Resources:

CBDC: Government of New Brunswick Small Business Emergency Working Capital Program

World Health Organization

Business Development Bank of Canada: Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs

How EDC is helping Canadians during COVID-19

Food & Beverage Atlantic Covid-19 Resources

Perennia – Emergency Processing Fund: Atlantic Canada