May 19, 2020

Week 10 Landscaper COVID-19 Updates and Resources

TAKE NOTE: 

Regardless of whether your business was closed or not you must be in compliance.

Restarting The Economy

Emergency Management BC has issued the following message:

Over the next few weeks many sectors, including Agriculture, are encouraged to make plans and establish protocols on how they can operate safely in line with Public Health and Safety Guidelines.  WorkSafeBC and the Ministry of Agriculture will work with industry associations to ensure the direction and guidance they provide to their members meets the requirements set out by the Provincial Health Officer. Individual businesses will need to ensure their own plans align with these  plans. Details are available on the Province of BC’s website “BC’s Restart Plan”.

For all Sectors

  • Assess the risk at your workplace
  • Implement measures to reduce the risk
  • Develop policies
  • Develop communication plans & training
  • Monitor your workplace & update plans as needed
  • Assess risks arising from resuming operations

For Agriculture

In addition to the “All Sectors” requirements, Agriculture must also consider the following:

  • Worker transportation
  • Worker transportation/temporary barriers
  • Temporary foreign workers
  • Worker accommodation

Check WorkSafeBC for full details on the

All Sectors and Agriculture guideline.

All BCLNA members will  need to be in compliance with these requirements; BCLNA will develop a set of templates to assist you in Restarting the Economy.  Watch your e-letters for more information.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Updates

Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program (MISTFWP)

AAFC is now accepting applications under the under the MISTWFP. Eligible employers can receive a maximum contribution of $1,500 per temporary foreign worker for incremental costs incurred during the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

On May 8, 2020, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) also sent an email directly to employers in the agriculture, fish, seafood, and food processing sectors, providing them with information on the Program.

Find out more information about the program, including how to apply here.

Please contact Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada with any questions at 1-877-246-4682 or by email.

Resources from Affiliates

Landscape Alberta Pandemic Guide

Landscape Alberta has pulled together a wealth of resources and information and assembled them into a user-friendly, on-stop document.  Although some of the information is Alberta-specific this is a valuable resource for business owners in the horticulture industry.

Pandemic Planning Guide for the Landscape Horticulture Industry in Alberta

Texas Nursery & Landscape Association (TNLA) Webinars

How To Sell Landscaping Over Video Conferencing Webinar

When:Friday, May 22, 2020

           9 am PDT

Cost: FREE

Presenter: Joe Jostes

The Coronavirus has people spooked… but you can still sell and service their lawn and landscape projects WITHOUT meeting them in person. Do they know this? Probably not! Find out how to use the power of video conferencing, one-to-one sales videos, and webinars to lead your team AND sell to clients without meeting them in person during this health pandemic. Join TNLA member Jack Jostes, CEO of Ramblin Jackson, who has over 10 years of experience running a remote marketing company as he shares his extensive video experience including: what hardware to use, what software to use, and how to lead a team of remote workers.

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