Monthly Archives: January 2012

Canada Migrant Workers Prone To Abuse, Exploitation Due To Lax Government Oversight: Advocates

A federal program that brings more than 15,000 seasonal workers to Canada each year lacks proper government oversight, leaving some migrants prone to abuse and appalling living conditions, advocates say.

For decades, seasonal workers from Jamaica, Mexico and other Caribbean countries have poured into rural Canadian communities under Ottawa’s Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (CSAWP) and the Temporary Foreign Workers program. The CSAWP began as a pilot project in 1966 with 263 Jamaican workers and rapidly expanded to answer Canada’s shrinking agricultural work force.