COVID-19 Industry Updates

Posted March 18, 2020

In light of the unprecedented challenges our province is facing with COVID-19, Manitoba Beef Producers’ staff will be working remotely until Monday, April 13 at which time we will provide a further update. Our office hours remain 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Please continue to contact us through all our regular channels including:

This is a trying time for all of us. Let’s take care of each other, be thoughtful, and be kind.

RESOURCES

Manitoba Farm Rural & Northern Support Services offers free, confidential and non-judgmental counselling for anyone who lives on a Manitoba farm, or in a rural or Northern community. Call 1-866-367-3276 or 204-571-4180 or visit supportline.ca

The Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM) have established an anxiety support line for anyone seeking support during this challenging time. People are invited to call the support line at 204-925-0040. The line will be checked regularly between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends. Callers are asked to leave their name, phone number or email address and an ADAM representative will get in touch with them within a short period of time.

We also encourage you to visit the Government of Manitoba or the Public Health Agency of Canada for updates and reliable information about COVID-19.

INDUSTRY UPDATES

2020 04 02

Federal government list of essential services

Canada’s National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure defines critical infrastructure as the processes, systems, facilities, technologies, networks, assets, and services essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government. The Strategy classifies critical infrastructure in Canada according to ten sectors:

  • Energy and Utilities

  • Information and Communication Technologies

  • Finance

  • Health

  • Food (including Agriculture)

  • Water

  • Transportation

  • Safety

  • Government

  • Manufacturing

Public Safety Canada has developed a set of functions deemed essential in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to help provinces/territories, Indigenous communities, and municipalities protect their communities while maintaining the reliable operation of critical infrastructure services and functions to ensure the health, safety, and economic well-being of the population. These services and functions can also help the private sector self-identify as essential. Click here to view the entire list of essential services as provided by the federal government. To ensure the continued functioning of our integrated economies, this document is aligned and consistent with the United States Department of Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, which was issued on March 19, 2020.

 

2020 04 02

Child-care for workers in essential services: beginning April 14 all parents who work in critical services, as defined by the chief provincial public health officer, will be able to access child-care spaces available in licensed facilities. This includes farmers and farm workers. Parents working in these sectors who have been unable to make other child-care arrangements will be able to check which facilities have available spaces at www.manitoba.ca/covid19 and work directly with them to receive a spot.

 

2020 04 01

Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency Chair Chad Ross released a statement regarding COVID-19.

 

2020 03 31

Manitoba eases spring road restrictions to aid transportation of essential commodities: read the release here

 

2020 03 30

Manitoba Restricts Operations of Non-Critical Businesses in New Public Health Order: read about it here (including list of essential services)

 

2020 03 27

Recommendations for delivering cattle during COVID-19

 

2020 03 26

A summary of financial support available to producers through the Government of Canada (GoC) regarding the impacts of COVID-19: click here for more information.

 

2020 03 24

Recommendations to Government of Canada: Financial support for beef producers 

To assist the Government of Canada in their approach to help producers in light of impacts from COVID-19, CCA put together recommendations to provide immediate stop-gap support for producers to keep their operations financially sustainable and ensure the health and welfare of producers, their cattle, and the Canadian Cattle Industry as we navigate through this global crisis. Please click here to read our recommendations.

 

2020 03 24

Maintaining uninterrupted trade with the US 

The CCA, along with industry stakeholders and the GoC are dedicated to maintaining business continuity including live cattle trade between Canada and the US during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There have been no trade interruptions for all classes of live cattle between Canada and the US or to other aspects of the beef supply chain. All stakeholders continue to work to ensure that live cattle and beef trade continues uninterrupted between the two countries.

A Questions & Answers document has been compiled to address a number of questions related to these shipments.  Click here to read more.

 

2020 03 23

Agricultural operations and human resources

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council has put together a resource website to support agricultural operations in implementing best practices to limit the impact and spread of COVID-19 within agricultural operations.  Please click here for more information.

For information and tips for Canadian Beef Operations on COVID-19, please click here.

For recommendations on hosting and attending cattle sales during COVID-19, please click here.

Access to labour, including qualified foreign workers remains one of the most important issues impacting beef production in Canada, in terms of both sustaining current production levels and ensuring the continued availability of beef products to Canadian consumers. The beef industry has approximately 41,000 workers but has a shortage of 3,500 workers. This does not include impacts of the current COVID-19 virus.

Based on comments made by Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, we understand that Temporary Foreign Workers will be allowed to enter Canada while ensuring they observe a 14-day period of self-isolation.  The CCA will continue to update on this file as more details become available.

Prioritizing your physical and mental health

Along with taking the necessary steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, prioritizing your mental health will play an important role in maneuvering these changing circumstances. Please visit the Do More Ag Foundation website for resources.

 

2020 03 19

Take extra steps to keep farm workers safe during COVID-19 – read the story here.

 

2020 03 19

Recommendations for Canadian Cattle Sales during COVID-19 – read about it here

 

2020 03 18

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) President Bob Lowe released a statement regarding COVID-19. Please click here to read it.

 

2020 03 18

No trade interruption for all classes of live cattle between Canada and the US – read the statement here

 

For more information:

David Hultin, Communications

204-558-4502 / dhultin@mbbeef.ca