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More Than A Migrant Worker is a program supported by a group of Ontario agricultural organizations that want to thank and support the seasonal workers who come to Ontario to help grow local food. These workers are vital to the agricultural sector and bring valuable skills to operations.

Workers in the seasonal agricultural industry in Ontario are known as migrant workers. However, there is more to their story than the work they do or the label they have been given.

This page aims to share the stories of these workers and provide information about the two government programs they work under: the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) and the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program. Workers in these programs have the same rights and privileges as Canadian workers, and their employers have the same obligations and responsibilities to them. 


Seasonal Worker Profiles


Meet Humberto

Seasonal Agricultural Worker from Mexico


Meet Luis

Seasonal Agricultural Worker from Mexico

I have been here for six years. Here we harvest asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, green onions, peas and other things. When I am not here, I have work in Mexico. Everyone can have a job, but you do not earn enough money to be well there.  So that is why we have to immigrate to this country. I live in a village in the state of Michoacán.


Meet Wanwipa

Seasonal Agricultural Worker from Thailand

My name is Wanwipa and I work at Truly Green Farm. I am working in the greenhouse and am a crop worker. I am the Thai leader sometimes, and I also translate English for my Thai people. I chose to come to Canada because it is a nice country. It is a good place to find a job making good money.

My name is Humberto Castellano and I have been coming to Canada from Mexico for 12 years. I have worked here at this farm for seven years. Today my job is to bring in the fruit, check the fruit and also to help my co-workers pick. In Canada, I work on two farms. I come from a Christmas tree farm, where I work for two months.

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