Nearly 300 Jamaican agricultural workers take up jobs in Canada

Nearly 300 Jamaican agricultural workers take up jobs in Canada

Labour Minister Shahine Robinson (centre) and High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica, Laurie Peters see off one of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme participants on Thursday.Labour Minister Shahine Robinson (centre) and High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica, Laurie Peters see off one of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme participants on Thursday.

Close to 300 Jamaicans will be taking up employment opportunities in Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP).

The workers, 87 per cent of whom are returnees, will be deployed mainly to farms in Ontario. They began departing the island on Thursday, January 3.

At a send-off ceremony held at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Overseas Employment Services Centre in downtown Kingston on Thursday, portfolio minister Shahine Robinson encouraged the workers to be good ambassadors by carrying out their duties diligently and conducting themselves appropriately at all times.

“Maintain a professional attitude… both on and off the job. Be your brother’s keeper, listen to the instructions of your employers and try to work to the best of your ability,” she told them.

She advised the workers to observe all the safety procedures and regulations that have been implemented and “if something goes awry and you are hurt, report it immediately to your employer, so that it can be addressed and also to your liaison officer”.

 

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