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Fertilizer Canada’s Response to COVID-19

Fertilizer Canada has been working diligently to ensure the government, stakeholders and media are aware that our industry is doing everything possible to ensure farmers receive essential fertilizer products in time for spring seeding in April and May, while protecting employees and the public from COVID-19.


  • We serve Canadians by delivering critical fertilizer globally. We remain an essential resource to feed the world today and in the future.
  • As we recover from this global crisis, Canadian fertilizer is essential for the secure and reliable growth of food in Canada and around the world.
  • Canadian fertilizer provides nutrients that crops here and around the world need to keep growing.
  • Canada depends on us to support 76,000 jobs and sustainable food supply chains. Canadian fertilizer production today ensures future harvests will feed our recovering world.
  • Canadian fertilizer is shipped to over 75 countries around the world and contributes $24 billion annually to our economy.
  • Last year, 12% of the global food supply depended on Canadian fertilizers. To recover from this crisis the world needs a sustainable, secure supply of fertilizer critical to crops.
  • Without fertilizer, global food production would be cut in half. Fertilizer is key to growing the food that a recovering world will depend on.


Industry Resources

IFA Covid-19 Information Center & Public Statement

IFA Public Statement:

The Global Fertilizer Supply Chain is committed to delivering plant nutrition products to farmers around the world in these challenging times

Impact of COVID-19 on Statistics Canada publishing activities

In the context of the rapidly-evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), Statistics Canada remains committed to providing Canadians with the information they need. The agency plans to continue releasing data from programs identified as ‘mission-critical’ to the proper functioning of the Government of Canada, and to the Canadian economy and society. All other data releases will be postponed until further notice.

The agency will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves, and may further adapt its publishing activities as needed.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce News Release

Canada’s Leading Business Organizations Call on Government to Protect Jobs and Postpone Non-Essential New Measures
Alita Fabiano –

(OTTAWA) – March 25, 2020 – Over 60 of Canada’s leading business organizations are calling on governments to support a national effort to protect jobs and to postpone non-essential new measures.


An Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19

March 24, 2020
Her Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled “An Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19”.

Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID‑19

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced additional new measures to support small businesses dealing with the economic impacts of the pandemic. These measures will help Canadian businesses protect the jobs that Canadians depend on, and pay their workers and bills during these difficult times.

TFW – Guidance for Employers / TET – Lignes directrices pour les employeurs

Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) Program is jointly administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IRCC recently announced exemptions to travel restrictions to facilitate entry of TFWs into Canada. Employers using all streams of the program are able to make arrangements for workers to enter Canada. Further to the announcement of the exemptions to the travel restrictions, please find attached guidance for employers of temporary foreign workers regarding COVID-19.

Fertilizer Canada request to delay deadline for nitrogen stabilizers registration packages

Please distribute to all your members that will be affected by this decision:

(Le texte français suit le texte anglais)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is very aware of the disruptions COVID-19 pandemic is having across the supply chain around the globe including staff shortages, data collection and analysis capacity gaps and laboratory availability and is working diligently to maintain critical services . In light of these challenges we are extending the deadline for submitting data packages and applications for registration of urease and nitrification inhibitors by 120 days (3 moths) till September 30th 2020. Should the crisis situation not be resolved by then the decision can be revisited at that time.

In the meantime, nitrification and urease inhibitor products currently on the market that are not currently registered will not be subject to compliance and enforcement activities 

Stay safe and all the best during these trying times

Kind regards

L’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments est très consciente des perturbations que la pandémie de la COVID-19 a sur la chaîne d’approvisionnement du monde entier, notamment les pénuries de personnel, les lacunes en matière de capacité de collecte et d’analyse des données et la disponibilité des laboratoires et travaille avec diligence pour fournir les services essentiels. Compte tenu de ces défis, nous reportons le délai de soumission des données d’innocuité et des demandes d’enregistrement des inhibiteurs de la nitrification et de l’uréase de 120 jours (3 mois) jusqu’au 30 septembre 2020. Si la situation de crise n’est pas résolue d’ici là, la décision pourra être réexaminée.

Entre-temps, les inhibiteurs de la nitrification et de l’uréase actuellement sur le marché qui ne sont pas actuellement enregistrés ne seront pas soumis aux activités de conformité et d’application de la loi.

Soyez prudent  et nous vous souhaitons bonne chance pendant ces moments difficiles


Ewa Madey PhD.

National Manager, Fertilizer Safety Section

Canadian Food Inspection Agency/Government of Canada 613-773-7754

Finance Minister Bill Morneau, the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Mary Ng, and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Navdeep Bains, announced the details of the proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy:

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would apply at a rate of 75 per cent of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week. The program would be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020.



For Immediate Release
April 9, 2020 (Ottawa) In an effort to bolster support for Canadian families in need, 18 national and regional industry associations and partners came together today to donate a total of $36,000 to the Ottawa Food Bank, Food Banks Canada, and to food banks across the country – and they have challenged other industry groups to do the same.



20 April 2020

As the world fights the Coronavirus pandemic, fertilizer companies everywhere are stepping up to the plate to play their part by contributing much needed resources to support healthcare systems, farmers and the disadvantaged. Here’s a look at some of the contributions that have already been made by IFA members.


Guidelines for the use of electronic signatures || Guide sur l’utilisation des signatures électroniques

The Guidelines are intended to be a tool to guide decision-making and identify potential areas of risk. It is possible that you will need to investigate certain use cases further, particularly where there is inherent uncertainty in the law or commercial practice. The Guidelines are not intended to address legal issues arising from electronic commerce more generally, and should be used only to determine whether an electronic signature will be legally effective in a given case.


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