Migrant Workers Told to Stay Home Due to Wet Weather

Some Canadian employers are reporting significant delays in hiring temporary foreign workers due to an increase in demand this year.  

But that's not the case in agriculture — and in particular the greenhouse industry, according to Ken Forth.

The President of Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services spoke to AM800's Patty Handysides on The Afternoon News.

"We took the greenhouse industry as an example and canvassed some of those people," he says, "There's the odd person getting a little bit of increase but, overall it's pretty static."

Forth says migrant workers have been told to stay home while the outdoor agricultural industry is at a standstill from Ontario to the east coast because of the weather.

"The east coast is the same ... we do the logistics for the temporary workers and we're finding from Ontario to Nova Scotia we're delaying our people coming in because the season is so delayed," added Forth.

According to Forth, is up to four weeks behind schedule in some regions.

"It's better for them to be at home with their families than it is sitting around waiting for crops to grow that just aren't growing. Besides the fact that it's wet, it's been cold, not freezing, but the ground, because of the lack of sunshine, is very cold," he says.

Forth says roughly 20,000 migrant workers come to Ontario to work in the agricultural industry every year.


— With files from AM800's Patty Handysides