Most workers are required to quarantine for 14 days. Only workers considered “essential” by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada are exempted (for example, healthcare workers, workers in transportation of medical products, truck drivers, crew on planes, trains and vessels). Visit the following webpage to get more information on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, what is expected from employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and frequently asked questions:

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/foreign-workers/notice-covid-19.html

It is your responsibility to follow the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Government of Canada and the province and territory you live in. For the most recent updates, please visit the following webpage:

https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-publique/services/maladies/maladie-coronavirus-covid-19.html

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COVID-19 guidelines

  • When leaving the airport, you must quarantine and monitor yourself for symptoms. In some cases, like in BC for example, seasonal farm workers will be quarantining in government-managed accommodations upon arrival and food-service will be provided
  • During the quarantine period, you must stay in your residence and must keep a 2-metre distance from others (physical distancing) at all times (unless you are members of the same family arriving at the same time)
  • If someone new arrives at your accommodations during this time, you must restart a new quarantine period
  • Workers in quarantine should not be housed with workers who are not in quarantine.
  • Clean and disinfect your accommodations and common areas. This includes shared surfaces that are touched often, such as door knobs, tables, counters, sinks, taps, TV remote and toilets. If your employer is providing accommodations, they should provide you with cleaning products
  • Other important things to do:
    • Do not have visitors
    • Stay in a private place like your yard or balcony if you go outside for fresh air
    • Wash your hands regularly with soap and hot water
    • Once your quarantine begins, no new person should move into the same accommodation as the one where you or your group live