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Thank You to Agriculture and Agri-Food Workers

Food brings people together. Whether it’s to share a meal, grow a business or collaborate on innovations, local food feeds our economy, our communities and our families. Today marks the start of Local Food Week, and we wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all the hardworking farmers, workers, processors, retailers and others in the food system. From field to fork, this sector plays an important role in our communities, helping keep food in our stores and on our plates. During these extraordinary times, their role is even more critical in maintaining York Region’s strong, caring and safe communities. Their hard work and dedication truly embodies the #SpiritofYR.

We also want to thank the hardworking temporary foreign workers who have recently returned to York Region for another season. Many of these workers have been returning to the same farm for years, some even for decades. These workers are an important part of the workforce on Canadian farms. After employing over 50,000 temporary workers in 2017, the sector still had more than 16,000 job vacancies.  While there will always be jobs for Canadians who choose to work in agriculture, temporary foreign workers help fill the labour gaps and ensure York Region residents have access to a reliable, affordable and safe food supply. If you’re looking for a new professional opportunity and the chance to make a difference during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit the new job portal at ontario.ca/AgFoodJobs and learn about employment openings and training resources in Ontario’s agriculture and food sector.

Availability of Local Food during COVID-19

Home to more than 700 farm-based businesses, York Region farmers produce everything from fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs to maple syrup, honey and wine. An additional 270 food and beverage manufacturers process and package food products to help feed our communities. With the COVID-19 situation, farmers, food processors and retailers have had to adjust their operations and adopt new ways of doing business. Many farmers are now offering online orders with curbside pickup and delivery options to bring fresh, healthy food to your table. For a comprehensive list of local farms offering alternative pickup methods, visit York Farm Fresh.

York Region remains committed to supporting our essential agriculture and agri-food sector. To learn more, visit york.ca/agrifood.


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