April 13, 2020

Week 5 Growers’ COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Farmer Survey on the effects of COVID-19 – Week of April 13th

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is seeking input from Canadian farmers and ranchers through weekly surveys to identify any issues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak that are affecting your farm businesses.

The survey information gathered weekly will help inform communications as we work with government to support Canadian agriculture throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Complete this week’s survey (link below) by Thursday, April 16th at 9 a.m. PST. A new survey will be available each Monday morning as the pandemic continues.

At the time this e-letter was issued the link for this week’s survey was not yet live.  Please visit the CFA’s website on Tuesday and click on Weekly Farmer Survey.

Last week’s

Growers Online Meeting:

COVID-19 Financial Resources for Nursery Growers

Last Wednesday afternoon BCLNA nursery growers held a very successful online meeting, which featured a number of guest speakers.

Handouts given to participants are included here.and a written summary of the information is being prepared and will be available this week.  The meeting was recorded and can be heard here>

(Please note that the meeting starts slowly but the second half contains significant information.)

Topics included:

  • Agri-Marketing funding, applications processed through CNLA (download ).  Deadline April 30.
  • AgriStability: (download)Enrollment deadline April 30.  Interim payment applications may be submitted now.
  • Advanced Payment Program: Loans up to $1 million available; first $100K interest-free.
  • FCC Funding options
  • Wage Subsidies & Payment Deferrals
  • BCLNA Member Assistance Program: help is available when you’re completing applications and submissionms.  Check with Heather for details.

More Federal Financial Assistance for Business

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

  • It’s a $40,000 government‑guaranteed loan to help eligible businesses pay for operating expenses, payroll and other non‑deferrable expenses which are critical to sustain business continuity.
  • It’s possible to have 25% of the January 1, 2021 outstanding balance forgiven; in order to do so, the remaining 75% of the loan must be paid in full by December 31, 2022.
  • This loan is interest free until January 1, 2023.
  • Applications are done online (only) with your primary financial institution.

Attached is more information, which has been forwarded by the Royal Bank.  All financial institutions will be operating under the same criteria; application for the loan is to be made to your primary financial institution (the one through which your company processes payroll and receivables.)

Growers:  Contact Your Elected Representatives

Contact your MLA and MP to push for improvements to the AgriStability program!

BCLNA has developed a template for you to download; put this on your company letterhead, change it to suit your circumstances, then email it to your local representatives.

In BC, AgriStability is funded by both the federal and provincial governments.   Please contact both.

More Federal Financial Assistance for Business

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

  • It’s a $40,000 government‑guaranteed loan to help eligible businesses pay for operating expenses, payroll and other non‑deferrable expenses which are critical to sustain business continuity.
  • It’s possible to have 25% of the January 1, 2021 outstanding balance forgiven; in order to do so, the remaining 75% of the loan must be paid in full by December 31, 2022.
  • This loan is interest free until January 1, 2023.
  • Applications are done online (only) with your primary financial institution. Note: Banks should now have their application process up and running.  Some of the Credit Unions are up and running, some say “coming soon”.  Contact your primary financial institution for assistance.

HINT:  Are you having problems getting the form filled out?  Enter data exactly as it appears on the Monthly Statement and do not adjust any auto-fill tabs. (forwarded by BCLNA Treasurer Brent Mooney)

Information is available on the Government of Canada website.

Resources from Affiliates

Are you a SAWP Employer?

Make sure the person responsible for SAWP issues has subscribed the the WALI Updates.  

The team at WALI is doing an excellent job pushing out government/industry requirements and regulations as they change – which as we all know is almost daily during this COVID-19 crisis.

Webinars

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 7 am.

I Know I should…But….

Where we can find the inspiration and energy to take action on those great ideas we know we should be doing and move past the obstacles that so often appear and hinder our follow through?

Register today!

This webinar is sponsored by NLAE and the BC Landscape & Nursery Association

Choose To Grow Forward 

A Webinar for Landscape and Horticulture Professionals

Did you miss last week’s webinar?  It’s available on YouTube