Who are migrant farm workers?

 

The migrant farm workers at JC Fresh Farms are temporary, foreign employees who meet the seasonal labor needs of our operation based on labor shortages in our existing, Canadian workforce. These migrant workers leave behind their families and home countries where they have fewer employment opportunities in order to gain employment as migrant farm workers, demonstrating a strong work ethic and a commitment to provide for their families back home.

The local community has embraced these workers and the cultural heritages they bring with them to our region with various local shops and festivals that embrace and aim to united locals and the migrant workers in their communities. There is a uniting diversity between these migrant workers and the local population in the communities they come to work in.

The goal for these migrant farm workers is one that almost everyone can relate to: securing a better future for themselves and their families. Facing few opportunities in their home countries, they travel to take temporary opportunities and work to improve their circumstances. These workers make up for labor shortages and do not take away jobs from Canadians, but rather fill the gaps in the available workforce. 

Migrant farm workers have been prevalent in Ontario since the 1960s, as the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program and Low Skills Program make it possible to continue labor opportunities between countries. With these programs, Canadian businesses get the extra seasonal help they need to keep up with demand, while these workers get the opportunity at employment and a chance to better their lives and the lives of their families.

 

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