The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is launching an online training program for workers new to the agricultural sector, created in partnership with the University of Guelph – Ridgetown Campus Business Development Centre. The Ontario Agriculture Worker Safety and Awareness Certificate is geared towards helping job seekers become more familiar with on-farm safety, while making it easier for employers to train new hires.
This new certificate program includes several e-learning modules designed to provide a broad overview of health and safety on a farm, an introduction to farm equipment operation and safety, and an introduction to both crop farm operations and livestock farm operations. The modules are designed to be completed at the participant’s own pace over approximately eight to 10 hours, in an entirely virtual format.
The Ontario Agriculture Worker Safety and Awareness Certificate is not a replacement for on-farm training. However, it will complement the training that new employees receive on the farm. The Certificate is valued at $299, but until the end of June 2021, it will be offered for only $49 for up to five employees at an operation.
To register for the training certificate, visit feedingyourfuture.ca/agri-training.
This project was funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
Source: Ontario Federation of Agriculture January 6, 2021 news release