On June 26th, 2018 I sat down with Farms.com writer, Ryan Ridley in an interview to discuss foreign temporary workers. I have an extensive history of experience with immigration, particularly foreign temporary workers, as I am an immigration consultant licenced by ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council), and I also hold a paralegal licence issued by The Law Society of Ontario through which various legal services are provided by my organization.

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When asked, what’s the biggest challenge that Canadian farmers are facing? My answer was, over the years I’ve seen many different treads in many different industries, but one in particular seems to be more prevalent at the moment and that is a growing shortage of agriculture workers across Canada. I’ve heard of countless complaints from owners stating that they are unable to run their farms without foreign temporary workers.

The growing concern for Canadian farmers is, not only that they cannot find workers in Canada, but when they do, most only last a few short months.

The agriculture industry employed approximately 314,000 agricultural workers in 2013 and this number has since dropped by 11% to 279,500 in 2017, according to Statistics Canada.

In recent years, farmers have been hiring foreign temporary workers to make up for not only the lack of employees, but also to lower the industry’s high turnover rate. These workers are much more committed to their jobs. A lot of them are here to better their lives and most of them have very good work ethics. They’re here to improve themselves and their families. They view this employment as an opportunity, whether it’s short or long-term, for them to move forward in the world.

In order to start the process of hiring foreign temporary workers, farmers should put postings on job banks, the internet, ethnic papers, and farming magazines. Word-of-mouth is always a good thing. Once a foreign temporary worker is hired by an employer he or she will begin to build a reputation in that area and gain recognition from Employment and Social Development Canada for prospective future hires.

We are here not only to help Canadian farmers, but to also provide the necessary legal assistance for these foreign temporary workers. We are proficient at this service, but unfortunately it’s underrepresented. We have the resources to help our Canadian farmers and we are capable of filling this niche.

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