June 22, 2020
Week 15 Growers’ COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Just Around the Corner?
If transmission rates remain low or in decline, people can begin travelling throughout B.C.
Under enhanced protocols:
- Hotels and Resorts (June 2020)
- Parks – broader reopening, including some overnight camping (June 2020)
- Film industry – beginning with domestic productions (June/July 2020)
- Select entertainment – movies and symphony, but not large concerts (July 2020)
- Post-secondary education – with mix of online and in-class (September 2020)
- K-12 education – with only a partial return this school year (September 2020)
PHO Order – Industrial Camps and the Agriculture and Seafood Industry
Employers in the agriculture and seafood sector that provide accommodation for workers must:
-Develop a COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) protocol
-Appoint an Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator
-Schedule a site inspection
Employers providing worker accommodation must schedule a site inspection by filling out the online application.
PPE Shortages at Ornamental Nurseries?
Are you experiencing difficulty sourcing and securing enough PPE to meet the needs of your operation?
Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada would like to know if you are impacted by shortages of these products. Please send Heather a brief email with your comments and a summary will be passed along.
It seems now, more than ever, we need to support the communities in which we live and work. That’s why Para Space Landscaping jumped at the idea of spreading some cheer to our dedicated frontline workers by giving away free spring clean-up services to deserving candidates.
Para Space selected 7 frontline workers who were in need of a garden makeover.
These hard working recipients of Para Space’s generous act include:
- The Nijjers who are a family of two frontline workers, a firefighter and pharmacist
- Nizbeth Ali, a nurse at Langley Memorial Hospital.
- Kellie Nehring, care worker at a senior’s home
- Dexter Ramos is an ICU nurse at Vancouver General Hospital
- Sue Wittrin has been working in Emergency at Delta Hospital for 21 years and is only one month away from her retirement
There are news reports currently circulating that state Mexico is halting temporary foreign workers travelling to Canada. The governments of Mexico and Canada are currently meeting to discuss the situation and will provide us an update when more information is available.
While still being confirmed, early indications are that this will likely not affect workers travelling to British Columbia. WALI will circulate additional information as soon as it is available.
JUNE 16 CLARIFICATION:
The clarification came through regarding what the Mexican government said about not sending SAWP workers to Canada – the actual information was that they would not allow workers onto any infected farms until they had confidence that the infection had been cleaned up.
FloraCulture International Webinar
“Supporting growers coming out of the COVID-19 crisis”
FloraCulture International (FCI) is pleased to invite ornamentals growers from around the world to join this session that will help you learn from the experience of others and define the right path for your own business as you recover from the business effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the presenters is Dr Charlie Hall, from Texas A&M University, outlining the approach that growers need to take in reviewing their businesses and determining next steps.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM PDT | Cost: Free | Register here
AIPH announces online conference to support ornamentals industry recovery – September 15, 2020
‘Recovery from Crisis – the future for Ornamentals’ is the title of a online conference to be organised by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) in association with FloraCulture International (FCI).