Members of Parliament sitting on the committee dealing with agricultural issues continue to hear concerns over the federal government’s response to COVID-19.
During a May 27 meeting, members of the Canadian Mushrooms Grower’s Association raised “grave concerns” over the support they have received.
Chief executive officer Ryan Koeslag said additional measures put in place by Ottawa are not reaching mushroom growers.
He cited the $50 million in funding made available to help support temporary foreign workers. The federal government offered $1,500 per temporary foreign worker to help cover costs associated with putting measures in place to lower the risk of the virus among the employees.
“Not a penny has been received by our farms,” said Koeslag, telling MPs that workers on mushroom farms were already in Canada and are therefore ineligible to be used to qualify for the program, despite their employers still having to spend money on additional housing and other measures to maintain social distancing or other mitigation efforts.
Koeslag also explained how the federal government is unlikely to be buying food surpluses from mushroom growers because their production was…
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