Ontario Set To Welcome 16,000 Seasonal Agricultural Workers

Some seasonal agricultural workers are already in Ontario for the 2014 season.

Officials with the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program say the ones already here are helping at greenhouse operations.

But those same officials say the biggest influx is right about now, when fruit growers begin pruning their trees and vegetable growers begin field work.

About 16 thousand workers come into the province every year under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program.

They come from Mexico, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad/Tobago and the Eastern Caribbean States.

SAWP is described as a supplementary labour program.

Officials say they only bring in foreign workers if Ontario agricultural operators can’t find domestic workers to fill the vacancies.