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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.

 

  • Canada’s fertilizer industry has done well in recovering from rail disruptions this winter and generally has normal supplies of fertilizer positioned across the country — for this time of the year — to position product for the beginning of the planting season in late April and early May and ensure additional quantities are available for replenishment throughout the entire planting season.
  • Fertilizer and crop inputs are critical shipments for food production. The Canadian border must remain open to the movement of fertilizer in order for farmers to receive their product and meet their Spring Seeding requirements.
  • Our member companies are implementing COVID-19 contingency plans at manufacturing plants, storage terminals and agri-retail outlets across the country to protect employees and the public and to ensure farmers get the fertilizer they need in time for seeding.
  • We still have about two months before spring fertilizer application is completed. We would be concerned about restrictive measures that would unduly affect rail, port and truck service, imports or operations at agri-retail.
  • Ensuring a successful planting season and good yields at harvest this fall will be critically important to Canada’s economic recovery in the third and fourth quarters of 2020. We will update as we get more information.
  • The entire fertilizer supply chain, including manufacturing, transportation, and agri-retail locations must be deemed critical or essential workplaces. The fertilizer industry is essential to the spring planting season’s success, which is also directly related to global food security.

 

 

News Release(s)

Fertilizer Industry Working to Ensure Farmers Continue to Receive Fertilizer Products in Time for Spring Seeding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON, March 17, 2020 – Fertilizer is essential to continued global food security. Canadian agriculture will play a critical role in helping the world recuperate from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Urging the Government to Federally Mandate the Fertilizer Supply Chain as an Essential Service  

FOR IMMEDIA RELEASE

Ottawa, ON, March 23, 2020 – Fertilizer Canada is urging the federal government to designate the entire fertilizer supply chain as an essential service and provide relief to workers who face expiring training certificates. The government must ensure that policies will protect our industry workers from any sort of supply chain disruption and to ensure continued movement of product throughout the supply chain.

Fertilizer Canada Working with All Levels of Government to Seek Solutions to the Challenges Faced by the Fertilizer Industry  

FOR IMMEDIA RELEASE

Ottawa, ON, April 3, 2020 – Fertilizer Canada commends the federal, provincial, and territorial governments for their continued efforts in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, and for giving assurances to Canadian farmers that work will continue as normal. Fertilizer production supply chains will remain open during this critical time of year.

Offical Letter(s)

March 18, 2020 – COVID-19 Prime Minister Letter

Dear Prime Minister,

I would like to first thank you for the continued efforts of your government to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada’s fertilizer 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 know that the situation remains fluid and rapidly changing, but as the government implements new policies it must acknowledge that fertilizer is essential to continued global food security.

 March 20, 2020 – COVID-19 Prime Minister Letter

Dear Prime Minister,

The next two months are critical, both for the Canadian response to the COVID-19 pandemic but also to our farmer customers who are already beginning prepartions for the spring planting season. In addition, our industry has faced rising costs and reduce competitiveness, which independent of the current health crisis has reduced our ability to withstand further economic shock. The agriculture sector is paramount to Canada’s long-term goal of recovery, and the fertilizer industry is essential to the spring planting season’s success, which is directly related to global food security.

March 20, 2020 – COVID-19 Premier Letter

Dear Premier,

I would like to first thank you for the continued efforts of your government to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The coordination between provincial and federal governments has inspired confidence that the situation is being well managed. Canada’s fertilizer 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.

March 24, 2020 – COVID-19 Premier Letter

Dear Premier,

We are asking your government to include the entire fertilizer supply chain, for both agricultural and lawn and garden fertilizer products as critical. This would include manufacturing, transportation, and agri-retail locations essential workplaces. We would recommend that your government use the Ontario list as an example of preventing the spread of COVID-19, while also ensuring Canada’s agriculture industry can continue to operate.

March 26, 2020 – COVID-19 Canadian public officials at all levels Letter

RE: MUNICIPAL, PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS ON NONESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

To: Canadian public officials at all levels

During the COVID-19 health emergency, Canada’s fertilizer industry is doing everything possible to continue supplying critical plant nutrition products to farmers, commercial and urban growers in the spring seeding season that extends to the end of May.

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.

BILL C-13

An Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19

AS PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
March 24, 2020
 
RECOMMENDATION
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

Cordialement,

Ewa Madey PhD.

National Manager, Fertilizer Safety Section

Canadian Food Inspection Agency/Government of Canada

ewa.madey@canada.ca/Tel 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.

 

Contact Information 

Garth Whyte

President and CEO

gwhyte@fertilizercanada.ca
613-786-3030

Clyde Graham

Executive Vice President

cgraham@fertilizercanada.ca
613-786-3033

Catherine King

Vice President,

Public Affairs

cking@fertilizercanada.ca
613-786-3026

Daniel Kelter

Manager,

Government Relations

dkelter@fertilizercanada.ca
613-786-3039