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News Canada – Mexico to resume sending farm workers to Canada after COVID-19 safety agreement

News Canada – Mexico to resume sending farm workers to Canada after COVID-19 safety agreement

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Mexico will resume sending momentary farmworkers to Canada after the 2 countries reached a contract on improved safety securities for labourers on Canadian farms throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Mexican federal government said on Sunday.

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Employees from Mexico wear protective face masks throughout an obligatory 14- day quarantine after coming to Mayfair Farms in Portage la Grassy field, Man., on April28 (Shannon VanRaes/Reuters)

Mexico will resume sending out short-term farm workers to Canada after the two countries reached an arrangement on enhanced security defenses for labourers on Canadian farms throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Mexican government said on Sunday.

Mexico said last Tuesday it would stop briefly sending employees to farms with coronavirus infections after Mexican nationals died from COVID-19 after outbreaks on 17 Canadian farms.

The statement came as health authorities in southern Ontario on Sunday validated a third migrant employee from Mexico had actually passed away.

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health System said that the worker was with Scotlynn Group– a large-scale farming operation in Vittoria, Ont.– that presently has 217 positive cases involving migrant employees and farm workers.

Canadian farmers count on 60,000 short-term foreign workers, predominantly from Latin America and the Caribbean, to plant and harvest crops.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Temporary Agricultural Workers Program (PTAT) had actually “entered into operation once again after a short-lived time out.”

The two nations “reached an arrangement to enhance the sanitary conditions of the nationals who deal with farms,” the statement included.

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