On July 23, the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) hosted the federal agriculture minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau, in Leamington. She highlighted a new three-year economic immigration pilot that aims to attract and retain experienced, non-seasonal workers by providing them with an opportunity to become permanent residents.
The immigration pilot will help address the labour needs of the agri-food sector, particularly in meat processing, mushroom production and greenhouse crop production.
“OGVG is pleased to support the announcement of Canada’s new Agri-Food Immigration Pilot which will provide a pathway to residency for interested and qualified international farm workers,” said George Gilvesy, chair, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers. “This pilot identifies the current labour gaps in the greenhouse sector and will help to build talent, retain skills and support sector growth across the country.”
Over the past several years, a number of these industries have experienced ongoing difficulty in finding and keeping new employees for year-round positions. As part of the minister’s visit to the Leamington area, she toured Vine Fresh Acres Ltd, an innovative high-wire cucumber producer, and Highline Mushrooms, the largest mushroom grower in Canada.
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada July 23, 2019 news release