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Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program: Step 1. What this program offers

Step 1. What this program offers

Update from Budget 2021

To ensure farmers have access to labour, Budget 2021 allocated $57.6 million to extend the Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program (MISTFWP) to August 31 2021. Support of up to $1,500 per worker would be provided to employers until June 15, 2021 for some of the costs associated with the mandatory 14 day isolation period. After June 15, 2021, employers would receive $750 per worker until the program ends on August 31, 2021.

Additional support would also be available, up to $2,000 per worker, to employers to help offset a portion of costs associated with temporary foreign workers who are required to quarantine at a government approved facility because they cannot travel by private means directly to their place of quarantine.

More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Important Notice

Applications for the 2021 program year will be accepted until 6:00 p.m. EST April 21, 2021 or until funding has been fully committed or until otherwise announced by the program. The 2021 program year begins on January 1, 2021 and will provide funding for workers who arrive in Canada on or after January 1, 2021 and up to April 21, 2021, or the expiry or repeal of the Order under Quarantine Act (currently set to expire April 21, 2021), whichever comes first.

The MISTFWP is a one-time $84.4-million program to help with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food supply in Canada by assisting the farming, fish harvesting, and food production and processing sectors. The program will assist Canadian employers with some of the incremental costs associated with the mandatory 14-day isolation period imposed under the Quarantine Act on temporary foreign workers upon entering Canada.

The MISTFWP will provide a maximum non-repayable contribution amount of $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker. Should an applicant receive assistance from a provincial or territorial government to help cover these costs, or the $1,500 exceeds their incremental costs per employee, the total contribution may be reduced.

The federal investment of up to $84.4-million will be available until fully depleted and, as long as the order under the Quarantine Act is in force and the isolation protocol has to be followed.

The "mandatory 14 day isolation period" in the context of MISTFWP refers to the 14 day quarantine period imposed on persons arriving to Canada from abroad under the Quarantine Act.

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