Statement on Canadian Border Closure Impacts to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program


Food and Beverage Canada – Aliments et boissons Canada has learned that due to the border closure announced by Premier Trudeau on March 16th, temporary foreign workers will not be able to enter Canada for work on farms and in food production facilities. These individuals are important members of the workforce and contributors to Canada’s food supply chain.


During these uncertain times, it is paramount that food production and distribution continue as normal so that all Canadians remain food secure. We understand that consumers have been ‘stocking up’ but we encourage restraint. Canada’s food supply is strong and the supply chain is making certain that demand will continue to be met.


The Government of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program is an important part of the Canadian food supply chain. People from countries around the globe contribute, through seasonal work on the farm and in food and beverage manufacturing plants, to ensuring the security of Canada’s food supply. The recently imposed travel restrictions have suspended any new workers from arriving into Canada until further notice. FBC-ABC is working closely with other leaders in the agri-food industry and with government officials to identify protocols that could permit access to Canada for temporary foreign workers who are essential to the country’s food security.