Mexico will stop sending workers to Canadian farms amid COVID-19 outbreaks

Mexico will stop sending temporary workers to Canadian farms that have registered coronavirus cases and that do not have appropriate worker protections.
calendar icon 17 June 2020
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The programme was halted only from 19 March to 9 April, restarting after Canadian authorities said there were proper health conditions.

Workers planning to travel to farms that have had coronavirus outbreaks or do "not have a strategy of prevention and care for workers" will be reassigned, the labour ministry said in a statement.

Ken Forth, president of Canada's Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services (FARMS), said Mexico is looking for assurances that workers will be safe.

"No additional workers will go to the farms where there's an outbreak until they can demonstrate to the Mexican government that they've done all the protocol for the new workers to come," Forth said.

CNN and Canadian media earlier reported that Mexico had put the programme on hold while it reviewed Canadian health policies and procedures, citing Mexican embassy officials in Ottawa.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he expressed condolences to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a recent call.

"We are going to make sure that we're following up," Trudeau said, citing living conditions and labour standards as areas that must be considered.

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The programme was halted only from 19 March to 9 April, restarting after Canadian authorities said there were proper health conditions.

Workers planning to travel to farms that have had coronavirus outbreaks or do "not have a strategy of prevention and care for workers" will be reassigned, the labour ministry said in a statement.

Ken Forth, president of Canada's Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Services (FARMS), said Mexico is looking for assurances that workers will be safe.

"No additional workers will go to the farms where there's an outbreak until they can demonstrate to the Mexican government that they've done all the protocol for the new workers to come," Forth said.

CNN and Canadian media earlier reported that Mexico had put the programme on hold while it reviewed Canadian health policies and procedures, citing Mexican embassy officials in Ottawa.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he expressed condolences to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a recent call.

"We are going to make sure that we're following up," Trudeau said, citing living conditions and labour standards as areas that must be considered.

Read more about this story here.

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