One hundred and ten migrant workers from the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) arrived in Toronto last Thursday on a charter flight from St. Lucia.
They have been recruited through the Canada-Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program and have been assigned to farms mainly in Ontario.
It was the third charter flight bringing migrant workers to Canada from the OECS since commercial flight cancellations this year between Canada and the Caribbean due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The three flights have brought to Canada 318 OECS nationals, including 152 workers from St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” many of whom are from communities in the red or orange zones and have been staying in shelters since the volcanic eruption,” says a news release from the OECS Commission.
Olaf Fontenelle, the head of the Eastern Caribbean Farm Liaison Service, told The Caribbean Camera that OECS migrant workers are now assigned to farms iin the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan.