2020/11/20 COVID-19 Update: ArriveCAN reporting requirements, Extension of TFW employer housing survey

by Nathan Couvillon


Consultation Backgrounder with Questions_Public.pdf

Annex A-Proposed Minimum Accommodation Requirements.pdf

2020 TFW Housing Survey.pdf

2020 ESDC Questionnaire template – Proposed Minimum Housing Standards.docx

PPE poster3 copy.pdf

Dear OGVG Member:

NEW: Mandatory digital requirements for all travellers entering Canada

As of November 21, 2020, all travellers entering Canada, including Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) will be required to submit contact and quarantine information digitally upon and after entry via the ArriveCAN app or webpage.

As of November 21, 2020, if you are flying to Canada as your destination, you must use ArriveCAN to submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan (unless exempted under conditions set out in the mandatory isolation order)
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessments

If you are travelling to Canada by land or sea, you are strongly encouraged to submit your travel information through ArriveCAN. This will speed up processing at the border and limit points of contact. Show your ArriveCAN receipt to the border services officer.

 As of November 21, 2020, all travellers, whether they travel by air, land, or sea, must provide information after their entry into Canada. You must use ArriveCAN or call 1-833-641-0343 to:

  • confirm that you have arrived at the address you provided for your quarantine or isolation location within 48 hours of your entry into Canada
  • complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments during your quarantine period

NOTE: You do not have to do this if you are exempted under conditions set out in the mandatory isolation order.

For TFWs, the necessary contact and quarantine information can be entered in the ArriveCAN app or webpage by another person such as their employer.

Learn more about the new requirements and how to use the ArriveCAN app.

To our understanding as of today, FARMS will NOT be doing this on your behalf.

NEW: Extension of the survey of employers of temporary foreign workers in the agricultural sector

The Government of Canada recently launched a survey of employers of temporary foreign workers in the agricultural sector to help inform the development of new proposed federal accommodations requirements. We would like to thank all of those who have responded. We understand that this is a busy time of year and to allow more people to participate, we have extended the response period by two weeks – to December 9.

The results of this survey will help the Government better understand the variety of accommodations arrangements currently being used to support temporary foreign workers while they are employed in Canada. Thank you in advance for your participation.


Please see the attached flyer for the available PPE resources from OGVG.

REMINDER: Federal TFWP Housing Reform Consultation Template and Correction

As announced last week, the federal government in consulting on proposed minimum standards for TFW housing (see attached ‘Consultation Backgrounder with Questions_Public.pdf’). We are urging all growers to get involved directly in this consultation. Responses are due by December 22.

There are two opportunities for input

  1. Complete the survey sent via email to you by ESDC on existing housing stock (example survey attached ‘2020 TFW Housing Survey.pdf’). If you are an employer of temporary foreign workers and have NOT received the survey, please email NC-TFWP-APT-PTET-EPA-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
  2. Complete the attached questionnaire in response to the proposed minimum housing requirements. (attached ‘Annex A-Proposed Minimum Accommodation Requirements.pdf’). Feel free to use the word document attached to draft and submit your comments directly to ESDC

Information about this consultation is publicly available on the Consulting with Canadians website: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/temporary-foreign-worker/consultation-accommodations.html.

Lastly, we received a correction on requirements for mattresses in sleeping quarters.

  • All beds must consist of a proper bed base/frame at least 20 cm (7.87 inches) off the floor, a clean pillow, a clean, supportive mattress of sound construction with a minimum width of 38” (95.6 cm), a minimum length of 75” (190.5 cm), and a minimum height of 25 cm.

NOTE: We will be discussing the ‘Impacts of New Requirements’ and ‘Inspections’ questions on next week’s COVID Webinar on Friday, Nov. 27th

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