CPMA understands that this is a busy and concerning time for our members, the entire produce industry and the public. Below you will find links to information and resources to help your business navigate the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will be continually updating this page as things develop and new information becomes available. 

Click the links below to access the following topics, or scroll down to read all:

2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show

The 2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show has been cancelled. Click here for full details.

Info Sheet for the Produce Sector

CPMA has developed an information document for the produce sector to help advise our members on the epidemiology of COVID-19, communicate best practices for handling produce, and guide you to verified, fact-based advice, to help our industry continue to deliver the highest quality, safest produce to consumers.

Click here to access this document.

Info Sheet for Consumers

CPMA has also developed an information document for produce companies, health professionals and members of the public to help ensure everyone is aware of methods of prevention of the spread of COVID-19, specifically when handling produce, and that scientific evidence currently shows no indication that COVID-19 is a foodborne illness.

Click here to access this document.

Border and Trade

The Government of Canada has stated that Canadians should avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. Companies should consider the impacts of international travel on their operations. To limit the spread of COVID-19, many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions and other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning.

Trade commissioners can provide you with market-specific insights and guidance to help you mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

Foreign Worker Entry into Canada

March 21, 2020 – CPMA Pleased with Government Exemption for Temporary Foreign Workers from COVID-19 Travel Ban

March 20, 2020 – Canada provides update on exemptions to travel restrictions to protect Canadians and support the economy

March 18, 2020 – CPMA, along with 18 other agriculture organizations across Canada, submitted a Temporary Foreign Worker Program COVID-19 Agri-food Risk Management Plan to the Prime Minister’s Office. This plan supports the entry of temporary foreign workers to Canada, essential to our agriculture industry, while taking every reasonable precaution to address the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to read the Executive Summary of the proposed Temporary Foreign Worker Program COVID-19 Agri-food Risk Management Plan.

March 18, 2020 – CPMA is actively working with other industry associations and with the government, including directly with the office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (Marie-Claude Bibeau), to address the current restrictions on those being allowed into Canada, and the potential impacts on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP). CPMA is optimistic that there is a path forward to ensure that foreign agricultural workers will be allowed into Canada, but industry can expect protocols will be required to facilitate entry without negatively impacting the health and safety protocols the government has in place. CPMA will update members as soon as more information is available.

Food Safety


On March 16, 2020, the Canadian Federal Government declared that commercial truck drivers are essential workers who will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate for at least 14 days upon entering Canada from abroad. Transport Minister Marc Garneau said certain kinds of workers – such as truck drivers, train and air crews and others whose professions require cross-border travel to the U.S. in order to maintain trade and deliver essential products to Canadians – will be exempted from the condition to self-isolate as the government attempts to limit the spread of coronavirus. Click here for more information from the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

Protocols and Best Practices

Resources for Canadian Businesses

Examples of COVID-19 Resources from CPMA Member Companies

Public Safety Canada - National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure

The fundamental concepts and principles outlined in the National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure flow from the Emergency Management Framework for Canada, which sets out a collaborative approach for federal, provincial and territorial emergency management initiatives. The following ten critical infrastructure sectors will continue to operate during the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Energy and utilities
  • Finance
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Government
  • Information and communication technology
  • Health
  • Water
  • Safety
  • Manufacturing