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Agriculture committee  Yes. Actually, our sector is 70% Canadian workers, and we have about 900 temporary foreign worker program agricultural stream workers across Canada. They were in Canada. The 50 workers were the ones who were just on vacation. However, as Ryan said, we have a 20% job vacancy rat

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

Agriculture committee  We know it's a high-expense industry because of the capital investment and the amount of labour. We can look into that and get back to you.

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

Agriculture committee  Go ahead, Ryan.

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

Agriculture committee  Also, the markets are very volatile right now.

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

Agriculture committee  We provide feedback unofficially and we spoke with the minister's office about two weeks ago, but we're hoping they will take some official feedback and make some additional changes very quickly, which could include this simple administrative thing, a little change of wording so

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

Agriculture committee  I would add that we had the accountant for one of the farms use the new Ag Canada AgriStability calculator. It's a case study that we have in our report that we're going to make available to the committee later this week. Basically, it's unsustainable. The farm goes broke by the

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

Agriculture committee  Yes, thank you. We're actually very excited about the agri-food immigration pilot, and we've worked very closely with the immigration department for four years. We had workshops with the farm workers until the economy was shut down in March. We felt that we would have maybe 100

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

Agriculture committee  We are very appreciative of the Ontario program. If there was more support for that, for mushrooms, some farms would be able to consider it as an option, because “skip the grocery store” is very popular. I totally agree that it's the new way of doing business, the boxes that co

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

Agriculture committee  Is that for mushrooms again?

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

Agriculture committee  For mushrooms, our workers are actually year-round and they're in Canada already. We have about 50 workers who were outside Canada on vacation when the travel restrictions began. About 10 of them have been able to return, and they'll be using the Ag Canada $1,500-per-worker, $50-

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

Agriculture committee  We get no expenses. We are not allowed to use that program. We're completely on board, but please loosen up the criteria so that some of our mushroom expenses can be covered. We're totally on board with that.

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

Agriculture committee  I will speak about the PPE, which I've done a lot of the research on. Very early, the farms started to move quickly to invest in Plexiglass, extra housing and extra busing. That's why we're getting these costs. What we're seeing with the way the programs are being set up, unfortu

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

Agriculture committee  Yes and no. There are some provincial programs. In fact, we were just on a call, before this, with the provincial ag minister, Minister Hardeman, and now we're on a call with the provincial ag minister from B.C. There's a new procurement program in B.C., but we're not sure. There

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden

Agriculture committee  Thanks, Ryan. We're here to report to you today that our supplies of the N95 face masks on many of our farms will be gone in two weeks. The N95 face masks are now selling for up to $10 per mask. These masks used to sell for well under $1. Committee members, that is 1,000% inflat

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Janet Krayden