Ontario Protecting Forestry Jobs & Worker Safety During COVID-19

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May 7, 2020 • Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

The Ontario government is protecting people and jobs in northern, rural and Indigenous communities, while supporting long-term forest sustainability, by investing in protective measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 during the upcoming tree planting season.

Today, John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, announced the government is making $3.5 million available to help put protective measures in place for the workers who plant trees this season.

“We are safeguarding the workers who regenerate our forests and the communities where they work during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Minister Yakabuski. “This will help the industry expand existing facilities and modify operations to ensure that those helping to renew Ontario’s forests can work in a safe environment. With these measures, we are also securing the planting of 70 million trees this year in Ontario’s forests.”