Food and Beverage Ontario is closely monitoring the advisories and available information on COVID – 19. This is a critical public health situation and we have heard from many of you on the seriousness of the outbreak to business continuity.
Food and Beverage Ontario continues to work with our colleagues in industry and government to offer the most up to date information and to make certain your concerns are heard.
We have also postponed Food and Beverage Ontario’s Annual Conference and re-scheduled the event for October 16. Thank you to our sponsors and supporters for their understanding.
From Our Members
- To learn about what some of our member processor companies are doing in their plants and offices, please visit our resource section by following this LINK.
- FBO associate members have been sharing with us some ways they can help all of our members. Visit our associates supporting the sector resource page HERE.
On Line Resources
As information is made available to us, we will be posting below, please check back regularly for updates:
April 3, 2020
TORONTO — Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close. This measure is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the people of Ontario, while ensuring that necessary goods and services remain available. Read the full media release here.
March 30, 2020
Dedicated Website Will Include Expanded Information of Confirmed Cases Across the Province
March 27, 2020
Summary of federal and provincial (Ontario) support programs for individuals and businesses.
March 27, 2020
Further to recent announcements by the Government of Canada to facilitate the entry of foreign workers while taking steps to minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this document outlines the expectations for employers of temporary foreign workers.
March 25, 2020
Premier Ford and Minister Phillips Announce Additional Health Care Resources and Support for People, Jobs and Employers
Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19
COVID-19 and Ontario’s Human Rights Code – Questions and Answers
COVID-19 Guidance for Food Premises
Update from the Prime Minister
March 18, 2020
Late this morning the Prime Minister provided an update on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
For more information, please see the following links:
March 17, 2020
Significantly Enhanced Measures will Help Contain Spread of COVID-19
TORONTO - Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it is taking decisive action by making an order declaring an emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In doing so, Ontario is using every power possible to continue to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families.
To view the full press release, please follow this LINK.
March 17, 2020
TORONTO — Today, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance issued the following statement in response to the impact of COVID-19 on Ontario's finances and economy:
"The events of recent weeks have caused anxiety for individuals, families and businesses across our province and around the world. As I said last week, these developments are the latest reminder that Ontario is part of an integrated global economy. As Premier Ford has made clear, our government will ensure the necessary resources are in place to protect the health of people and our economy in this province.
To read the full press release, please follow this LINK.
Ontario to Protect Workers who Take Leaves from Work
Ontario is acting immediately to protect workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Today, Premier Doug Ford and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, announced that the government intends to introduce legislation that, if passed, would immediately provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures.
Statement from Minister Elliott and Minister Hardeman related to grocery buying habits and COVID-19 in Ontario
Here's are links to a number of articles and resources that we have found helpful:
- This article can help employers with developing a communicable illness policy: https://www.fasken.com/en/knowledge/2020/03/pandemic-planning-for-employers-responding-to-the-coronavirus-disease-2019/
- John Hopkins University real-time interactive map to track progress of the Corona virus on a global scale: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
- McKinsey article on the business impact of the Corona virus, updated on a regular basis: https://mck.co/2TDnI8a
- Update on the Corona virus of the Canadian authorities: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
- Interactive map of Corona virus in USA by the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html
- Two HBR articles by Jeff Cheslea, President of Muir Tapes - Lead Your Business Through the Coronavirus Crisis and What Are Companies’ Legal Obligations Around Coronavirus?.
- Information from Bennett Jones on Force Majeure Clauses and Risk Management in the Face of COVID-19.
From Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
COVID-19: Standing Member Call & Status Update
Date: March 17, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM EST
Location: TF: 866-201-0077 | Passcode: 570 332
In order to provide members with the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus pandemic, CME will be hosting regular, 30-minute update calls every Tuesday and Thursday as needed. First call will be on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020.
These calls will feature critical updates and advice from government and industry experts as well as a report on CME advocacy efforts. The intent is to provide you with the latest information on the crisis and strategies to help you best navigate the weeks and months ahead.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:00pm-1:30pm EST (Alan Mak, Partner, BDO)
Thursday, March 19, 2020 1:00pm-1:30pm EST (Update from the Deputy Prime Minister's Office)
To register, please click HERE
From Safety Chain Software
On Friday, 3/27/20, David Acheson, MD, infectious disease expert and former FDA Chief Medical Officer for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the FDA will update the food industry on the best ways to control the coronavirus in food facilities.
Joining Dr. Acheson will be Ben Miller, Ph.D., a renowned epidemiologist and Senior Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs at the Acheson Group, for an all-facts, no-spin, 30-minute update on this developing situation.
Food and Beverage Ontario is a not-for-profit, leadership organization dedicated to advancing the interests of Ontario's food and beverage processors.
Our focus is on the success, prosperity and growth of the food and beverage processing sector. We work collaboratively with our colleagues and partners across the agriculture and food sector.
Food and Beverage Ontario has prepared the following report as a guide to a more competitive and co-ordinated industry.
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