IAW Employer Registry & COVID Supports

Registry of Employers of International Agri-Food Workers

Did you know that the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs launched a
voluntary registry for employers of international agri-food workers under the Temporary
Foreign Worker Program? This registry will help the province better support you and
your employees during the growing season and beyond. Find out more at
Ontario.ca/AgEmployerRegistry and consider taking a few minutes to register and
complete your information. More information can be found below.

COVID supports

Please see an updated list of financial and administrative supports available to help producers with various COVID-related issues. Services include professional advice and consulting services worth up to $2,000 (Available until March 15, 2022) and webinars to help you stay up to date. Click the – or + button to zoom in or out.

Free Counselling for Farmers (Farmer Wellness Initiative)

Through the Farmer Wellness Initiative, farmers across Ontario and members of their household will have access to up to four free counselling sessions with a mental health professional. The mental health professionals have received training to understand the unique needs of Ontario farmers. Accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, in English and French, farmers can call 1-866-267-6255 to speak to a counsellor. This service is provided by LifeWorks.

Eligible participants include:

  • Ontario-based farmers
  • Ontario-based members of farming households (spouses/domestic partners, children, dependents). This includes family members involved in the operation of the farm. 

By calling 1-866-267-6255, you will enter an intake process to arrange counselling sessions with a mental health professional available by phone, virtually, or in-person subject to public health restrictions.

All information received through counselling sessions is confidential and in accordance with the Personal Health Information Protection Act (2004).

This project is provided with funding by the governments of Canada and Ontario, including support from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

If you are an Ontario farmer and looking for support, please call today: 1-866-267-6255.

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