Helping Hands for Migrant Workers
Arriving primarily from Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guatemala, migrant workers fill a critical shortage of farmhand labour on local farms. In Ontario migrant workers often work on apple, vegetable, dairy, and chicken farms.
As migrant workers to our Ontario communities and to Canada often require support during their stay. A 2016 report by the Canadian Council for Refugees found that migrant workers rank language barriers, barriers in accessing services, and social isolation as their greatest challenges while working and living in Canada.
As newcomers to Canada, migrant workers often lack critical information related to local and labour laws.
How You Can Help
We want to organize a drop off/pick up for all the winter wear and casual clothes the council members can gather. They are also looking for backpacks and personal care items. We recommend a Ziploc bag filled with:
Shampoo/Conditioner, soap, toothpaste, tooth brush, deodorant, and some, can provide feminine hygiene products (only need a few.)
Anyone who can volunteer to help us collect these items starting in the New Year by submitting the form below and letting us know how you can help.
Once we have drop locations we can then organize getting them to Leamington. Even if you are not close to the GTA you can arrange to have someone who is traveling to Toronto to bring them. This is a year round initiative so keep collecting those items.