The 2016 Agricultural Season in Ontario and Manitoba is under way
For 41 years, thousands of Mexican agricultural workers have been coming to Ontario and Manitoba to work for eight months a year to help with soil preparation, cultivation, care and harvesting of agricultural produce offered to consumers. The crops with the highest participation of Mexican workers are vegetables and legumes, fruit, flowers and greenhouse crops.
In addition to providing decent work, the Mexico-Canada Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) gives Mexicans the opportunity to apply their skills and gain experience in the use of Canadian agrotechnologies, which some of them are already using in their regions of origin in Mexico on their own production projects.
As of April 30, 2016, a total of 6,700 Mexican workers had arrived in Ontario and Manitoba, representing approximately 65% of the total expected for the 2016 season.
The Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto wishes the greatest success to our fellow Mexicans and, as always, will look after their welfare and ensure that their rights as workers are respected. To this end, the Consulate coordinates a program of preventive visits to participating farms to meet with Mexican workers and review the content of their work contracts, answer questions and help resolve any conflicts that arise with their employers.
We also offer a 24-hour emergency hotline – (416) 716 0931 – exclusively for SAWP workers, in order to respond promptly to any situations that may pose a threat to the physical wellbeing of our fellow Mexicans.
For general information and routine questions, the Consulate offers a toll-free hotline for SAWP workers: 1-888-351-2690.