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Migrant Workers in Canada: A Review of the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program

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Migrant Workers in Canada: A Review of the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program

Published: October 26, 2006

In 2003, The North-South Institute completed an extensive set of studies looking at the multi-faceted aspects of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program — legal, institutional, trade-related, labour, development, community relations and other aspects of the program. With a large number of countries increasingly dependent on foreign migrant workers to meet their agricultural labour needs, the project set out to identify the “good practices” involved in the Canadian program which might be replicated elsewhere, as well as areas for improvement. Site visits and interviews were conducted in Ontario farm communities, and surveys were conducted among a substantial sample of returned workers and officials in the Caribbean and Mexico. This policy brief summarizes and updates the main findings and recommendations from the studies, focusing particularly on Ontario.

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