March 15, 2023
LO Growers Group Newsletter - March 2023
1. Spotted Lanternfly Webinar from New HampshireWe anticipate SLF will be reported in Ontario this season. CNLA is working on BMPs and a Pest Module in anticipation (see item 3). A recording is available of a webinar by New Hampshire Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industry Division held on March 9.
2. OHIP cards for TFWThe Ontario government has re-instated its pre-pandemic requirement for OHIP cards to have a valid photo and signature on file (i.e. less than five years old). Below is a summary of recommended steps for employers. Contact Stefan Larrass at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Step 1: Make appointment (highly recommended)
Set up an OHIP card appointment for your TFW workers by emailing the office coordinating these appointments across the province at MFW.MOH@ontario.ca at least two weeks prior to the workers’ estimated arrival date.
In your email, include the following information:
- Name of Farm/Employer
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Number of TFWs
- Approximate date of arrival
Step 2: Take workers to appointment
Once an appointment has been confirmed, make sure the workers bring all the following documentation to their appointment:
- Completed Registration for Ontario Health Insurance Coverage form.
- In many cases, e.g., SAWP workers, this form will have already been given to each worker at the airport.
- IF your worker doesn’t have a form, you can print out a copy for them as follows:
- For SAWP workers, use the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Registration for Ontario Health Coverage — Form 3715-82
- For Ag Stream & Low Wage workers, use the Registration for Ontario Health Insurance Coverage — Form 0265-82
(Note: The worker’s legal name on the form must be written as it appears on their Work Permit)
- Previous health number (if known, to be completed on the registration form)
- Address of farm (to be completed on the registration form)
- Work Permit (Mote: SAWP may be noted in the EMPLOYER section and the expiry date will usually be Dec. 15 of the current year.)
3. CNLA UpdatesProvided by Jamie Aalbers, Growers Sector Specialist
Box Tree Moth
USDA-APHIS has developed a draft assessment to determine the hosts of box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis). The assessment is disappointing. Euonymus is still considered a potential host by USDA. The draft assessment will be available for review and comment until April 6, 2023. CNLA and LO will be drafting responses. View the assessment or submit comments.
Spotted Lanternfly: Protecting nurseries from Canada's latest invasive pest threat
Wednesday, March 29, 2023. 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is not here yet, but you want to do everything you can this year to keep it from landing in your nursery.
Join Cassie Russell, OMAFRA Nursery and Landscape Specialist and Jamie Aalbers for this one-hour webinar to get the latest SLF best management practices and details on the current regulatory environment for SLF in Canada.
Zoom webinar link
Consultations on the new Sustainable Agriculture Strategy
The Government of Canada is proposing to develop a Sustainable Agriculture Strategy, in collaboration with a diversity of partners, to provide an integrated and coordinated approach to improving the agriculture sector's environmental performance and supporting its long-term vitality. This strategy is intended to guide long-term decision-making on policies, programs, and initiatives that advance Canada's commitment toward a net-zero 2050 future. COHA is sitting on the advisory committee which is chaired by AAFC and CFA to provide input from the nursery and floriculture sectors. But you can also participate by attending the national consultation meeting: March 24 from 12-3 p.m. EST (French with English interpretation). RSVP here and/or provide feedback to the strategy (strategy) directly to email@example.com.
Please contact Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 647-724-8630 with any concerns or comments.