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:

     CPMA_BulletLeaf    2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show
     CPMA_BulletLeaf    Info Sheet for the Produce Sector
     CPMA_BulletLeaf    Info Sheet for Consumers
     CPMA_BulletLeaf    Border and Trade
     CPMA_BulletLeaf    Foreign Worker Entry into Canada
     CPMA_BulletLeaf    Food Safety
     CPMA_BulletLeaf    Transportation
     CPMA_BulletLeaf    Protocols and Best Practices
     CPMA_BulletLeaf    Resources for Canadian Businesses
     CPMA_BulletLeaf    Examples of COVID-19 Resources from CPMA Member Companies
     CPMA_BulletLeaf    Public Safety Canada - National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure

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


For help understanding the definition of essential services across borders and to understand what documentation will be required at the Canada – US border: Canada Border Services Agency has established a toll free line, staffed 24/7, to answer specific questions about Border Crossing: 1-800-461-9999 from within Canada, and 1-204-983-3500 or 1-506-636-5064 from outside Canada.

Should you have drivers that are experiencing any challenges crossing the border due to COVID-19, please contact Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) 24/7 Business Information Service at 1-800-461-9999. Please have on hand the following information when you call: the driver's name and nationality, work status in the US and Canada, driving history, and point of entry.

If you have concerns that rejections at the U.S. border are not justified, you can contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Info Center (open Mon-Fri between 8:30am and 4:00pm ET) at 1-877-227-5511.

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.

CPMA is pleased to see the decision of the Government of Canada to allow businesses to defer payments for customs duties and taxes to June 2020. Along with other importer and broker organizations, CPMA had urged the Government to provide flexibility in payment deadlines, including through a letter sent to CBSA and the Department of Finance on March 24.

Foreign Worker Entry into Canada

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.


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