April 27, 2020

Week 7 Growers’ COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Farmer Survey on the effects of COVID-19 – Week of April 27th

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 30th at 9 a.m. PST. A new survey will be available each Monday morning as the pandemic continues.

Take the Survey

WALI Update: Newest provincial requirements

The Provincial Health Officer (PHO), Dr. Henry, issued two new Orders relating to Industrial Camps.

This applies to all employer-provided housing (domestic or foreign workers) and to situations where domestic workers camp on farm property.  Details are available on the WALI website.

BCLNA strongly encourages SAWP employers to subscribe to the WALI e-letter directly for quicker updates.

Responding to the current healthcare environment


ManuLife is covering 50% of your dental premium and 10% of your extended health care premium for the month of May.  Stay tuned!  A credit will be coming your way.

Decisions about June’s health and dental premium relief when more information is available about how and when provinces will be re-opening services.

Read the full bulletin here:

SPECIAL OFFERING – Free for 2 months People Connect – Mental Health Solution

LivingEasy – Stress & Resiliency Program

Covid-19 resources with People Corporation

HR support with People First

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

The TD Bank has forwarded more information about the ins and outs of this loan.

Remember that this federally funded government loan is available through all the major banks and some credit unions and all lenders are governed by the same rules and guidelines.

Credit Union Central continues to assist smaller CUs to develop EDC guarantees and the online portals required for each institution.  

Contact your primary financial institution to apply.

From Leslie Sison

CNLA COVID-19 Update 

There were some new updates to the government supports this week that CNLA wanted to share with you all as well as some answers to questions that had arisen.

This report covers the following topics:

  • Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) has provided a FAQ on the CEWS and have made their COVID-19 information available to non-members
  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) opens up for application on Monday April 27.
  • Canada Commercial Rental Assistance Program update
  • Updates on Agri-programs
  • Actions to Protect Canadian Jobs

In a separate document, there’s information on inspections on Temporary Foreign Workers in regard to COVID-19.

From HWG, Chartered Professional Accounts

Applying for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Beginning April 27, applications for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be open.  More information is available here.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

For qualifying businesses, rents will be reduced by 76% for April, May and June.  More information is available in this document.


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Choose to Grow Forward: Part 2

Thursday, April 30th 

10 am to 11 am PDT

Moderated by: Jacki Hart – Consulting by Hart


  • Mark Bradley – LMN
  • Phil Harwood – GrowTheBench
  • Jim Paluch – JP Horizons
  • Jeffrey Scott – Jeffrey Scott Consulting 

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Did you miss Part 1 on April 6th?  You can watch it now.

Top Business Priorities in the COVID-19 Pandemic:

A Guide to Thinking Differently

Wednesday, April 29th

10 am PDT

Host: Joel Beatson, Landscape Alberta

Presenter, Jacki Hart – Consulting by Hart

  •  Preserve Cash & Adapt Your Budget​​​​​​​
  • Adapt the Way You Communicate.
  • Emerge From This With a Stronger Team​​​​​​​
  • Adapt Quickly – Be Decisive

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