FFAW President Speaks with Federal Fisheries Minister on Support for Harvesters
This weekend, FFAW President Keith Sullivan spoke with Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Bernadette Jordon regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the fishery. Minister Jordan communicated that she is aware of the level of seriousness of the situation and the extreme anxieties felt by families at this time. The Minister explained that the federal government, her office and her entire department are committed to ensuring no individual or business is left behind during this challenging time.
The Minister reinforced that the Government of Canada is doing everything it can to ensure all workers who are affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic will be supported. This includes EI for all impacted workers, including fish harvesters who may be impacted. The government is working hard to address the needs of our industry as quickly as possible.
The Minister committed to be available to discuss the concerns of FFAW members as this pandemic evolves. The Minister is open to advice from industry leaders and understands that a variety of measures may be needed to support our industry, people and communities in these extraordinary times. We agreed that open communication and swift action will be crucial in the coming weeks and months.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the seafood industry remains a critical part of our food supply both in Canada and abroad. The federal government has announced exemptions and clarifications regarding food production in Canada which, with necessary precautions to ensure worker safety, will allow food production to continue.
We would also like to remind members that EI supports are available to members who are currently impacted by layoffs due to COVID-19.
As always, we are working hard on your behalf and should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out — to your Staff Representative, on social media, send us an email or give us a call at 709-576-7276.