Charting the wins and losses of migrant agricultural workers in Ontario during seven months of COVID-19.
“Any time a migrant worker says they’re sick, it’s like they’re not supposed to be sick.”
These are the words of Maria,* a migrant agricultural worker from the Caribbean who is currently working at a farm in Windsor-Essex County. Maria did not want to share her name, country of origin, or employer, out of fear of being punished.
Maria is one of thousands of migrant farmworkers across Ontario. These workers come from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia, most via the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).