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Migrant worker numbers remain steady

 

Recessions, commodity price drops, changes in EI rules, killing frosts — nothing seems to dent Ontario’s farm offshore labour program.

 

Since the mid-1960s, the country’s farmers have been hiring people from overseas, particularly from the Caribbean and Mexico, to help get their crops off their fields.

 

What started off as a couple of hundred workers has since grown to more than 15,000. They help harvest fruits and vegetables or work in tobacco as well as greenhouses and nurseries.

 

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