COVID-19 Financial Supports
COVID-19 has had significant impacts on the agriculture industry and farms are currently facing difficult decisions on whether crops should be planted, whether it be to future market demand or the lack of labour to harvest the crop. As the voice of Nova Scotia farmers, NSFA plays an integral role in advocating on behalf of the industry and lobbying the government to ensure they prioritize the industry during these challenging times.
To date, the Nova Scotia government has released the COVID-19 Agriculture Response Program which addresses a number of challenges currently faced by the industry. When reviewing the new program, NSFA identified a few areas where farmers still need support:
Access to PPE
- Access to PPE on farms is a growing concern as the economy across Canada begins to open. In addition to increased PPE requirements due to COVID-19, many farms required the use of common PPE like N95 masks for tasks on farm like cleaning barns to keep themselves, their workers and livestock healthy.
- Ask: NSFA is asking NSDA to request that PPE in the province be prioritized for agriculture workers after the needs of health care providers are met.
- The strain of closing schools is felt by families across Nova Scotia and this is no different for farm families with school aged children at home.
- Ask: NSFA is recommending that childcare be an eligible expense under the COVID-19: Agriculture Response Program.
Labour Shortage – Crop and Livestock Insurance
- The labour gap is even more unpredictable this year as delays are experienced through the Temporary Foreign Worker program. Typically speaking, farms require more labour during harvest in comparison to planting and cropping. Though a farm may have enough labour to put in a crop, border restrictions may very well expand the already extensive labour gap at harvest time.
- Ask: Identifying labour shortage as an insurable peril under Crop and Livestock Insurance.
You can find more details on the COVID-19 Agriculture Response Program below.
Below you fill find the eligible and ineligible expenses for these programs.