Supporting Nova Scotia Farms and Agri-Businesses

The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, Perennia and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture continue to work together to support agriculture businesses in successfully welcoming back their temporary foreign workers, that will be arriving in Nova Scotia via the SAWP and TFW streams.

The following information has been pulled from the 2022-2023 Guidance Document developed by the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. If you would prefer to read the document in its entirety, you can find it here.

The NSFA is the voice of Nova Scotia farmers and takes an active role in advocating on various issues impacting temporary foreign workers and their employers.

As the employer, the process you follow for arranging your workers for the seasons remains the same – whether it be through F.A.R.M.S., another provider or own your own.  The support provided to you is to help prepare you for your arrival of workers in Nova Scotia in compliance with the Guidance for Employers bringing Temporary Foreign Workers to Nova Scotia document.

Perennia Food and AgricultureNova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA)
Sara Marceau
Main office: 902-678-7722 ext 3 or Toll Free 1-877-710-5210 ext 3
Cell phone: 902-300-4710
Email: smarceau@perennia.ca and co copy tfw@perennia.ca
Carolyn Van Den Heuvel
Cell phone: 902-318-8977
Email: cvandenheuvel@nsfa-fane.ca

Katherine Tuttle
Cell phone: 902-890-1891
Email: ktuttle@nsfa-fane.ca

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  1. Pre-entry test results
  2. Proof of vaccination that was uploaded into the ArriveCAN app (original or paper copy), if applicable – this is essential if a TFW is to be granted an exemption from the 14 day quarantine.
  3. Have a quarantine plan in case of positive results. Unvaccinated/Partially Vaccinated workers will need to have a 14-day quarantine plan when they arrive at their destination.
  4. Travel document entered in ArriveCAN (e.g. passport)
  5. Have their work permits and documents ready

See the link: COVID-19: A guide for temporary foreign workers travelling to Canada – Canada.ca for the most up to date information on TFW entry requirements as the above list may change from time to time.

Note: It is your responsibility as the employer to ensure that your workers show proof that federal requirements for vaccination have been met.

This season, Perennia will be maintaining a list of all TFWs in the province. FARMs should supply this information directly to Perennia, but if you are bringing in workers from outside of FARMS, you will need to send this information to Perennia before arrival. The list should include:

  • name and DOB of each TFW;
  • date of arrival of each TFW into Canada;
  • method of transportation into Nova Scotia;
  • information on where each TFW is coming from (country of origin);
  • location of where each TFW will be staying in Nova Scotia for 14 day quarantine, if applicable
  • for the duration of their stay in Nova Scotia;
  • vaccination status of the TFW; and
  • name and contact information of the employer.

The Province of Nova Scotia is not requiring additional quarantine requirements beyond those set by the  Federal government this season. Workers who must isolate can do so in hotels/motels, or in employer housing.

The cost of the isolation will be the responsibility of the employer this year.

If you have workers that need to quarantine, you must house them in a location away from other employees that do not need to isolate.

If you would like to use a hotel/motel to isolate workers, you can contact Perennia for a list of potential locations. This year, isolation costs are the responsibility of the employer. Click here for the hotel listings (list updated April 5)

  • Workers should use the washroom and wash their hands before getting into the vehicle picking them up.
  • Workers should load their own luggage into the vehicle.
  • Social distancing of 2 meters should be maintained when transporting passengers who did not arrive together.
  • Drive directly to the quarantine location.
  • Masks should be worn in the vehicle by all TFWs. Drivers should have a supply of medical grade masks on hand.
  • If possible, eating and drinking should be done before leaving or after arrival.
  • Upon arrival to the destination, TFWs should be guided directly to their accommodations.
  • Wash hands (with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds) or use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer (minimum content of 60% alcohol) after each transport.
  • The employer should ensure that vehicles are cleaned and disinfected upon arrival at the TFWs accommodation. Pay careful attention to high touch surfaces.

As employers, you must provide your workers with information on COVID-19 on or before the day they arrive, including current physical and social constraints (such as masking, distancing) related to COVID-19 restrictions in Nova Scotia.

Similar information and graphics should be posted within the facilities before employees arrive. These posts should include local contact numbers and resources including 811 and 911.
Employers are also responsible to provide TFWs with any necessary personal protective equipment.

Employers must ensure that all TFWs (vaccinated and unvaccinated) are monitoring daily for symptoms during the 14-day period after arrival. For information on self-monitoring, click here.

Employers should have a plan in place for isolation in case any TFW tests positive for COVID-19, both during the initial 14-day period after arrival and for the entire season. Any worker with symptoms should use the self-assessment tool to determine if they should be tested for COVID-19.

Nova Scotia recommends that everyone, including TFWs, should receive a complete COVID-19 vaccination series to protect themselves from COVID regardless of any past COVID infection. TFWs already fully vaccinated are recommended to register to get their booster dose of vaccine at minimum 168 days following completion of their primary series.

Vaccines and booster doses are available at no charge to those who qualify and offer additional protection against severe illness with COVID-19.

Information on registration for vaccines and booster doses may be found on the COVID-19 website with appointments available in pharmacies across the province. If employers are unable to book a clinic or pharmacy appointment online due to health card requirements, or if additional assistance is needed, call 1-833-797-7772.