Migrant Farm Worker Program

Every year, thousands of migrant farm workers come to Canada to work in the agriculture industry, including 20,000 arriving in Ontario to work on farms and in greenhouses. These workers play a vital role in the industry, and therefore, in Ontario’s economy. The Provincial Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety, and subsequently, the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL), have identified this labour force as a group who face barriers in accessing effective occupational health and safety resources and support.  As migrant farm workers spend the majority of their time at work, and farm work can be physically demanding, involving a variety of hazards, an occupational health and safety focus is particularly important for supporting the health of this population.The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) has developed a program specifically focused on supporting Ontario migrant farm workers and their employers.  - See more at: http://www.ohcow.on.ca/migrant-farm-worker-program.html#sthash.twGHTzCn.dpuf

Migrant Farm Worker Program

Since 2006 we have offered our services to migrant farm workers, their employers and community partners with the aim to continue to become valued partners in agricultural and horticultural occupational health and safety. 

  • We have worked with farms in Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk & Niagara Regions plus Brant & Lambton Counties
  • We have delivered occupational health and safety workshops to 1000+ migrant farm workers
  • We continue to identify, develop and distribute health & safety information, resources and materials in literacy and language appropriate formats.
  • We continue to support farms with strategies and best practices to ensure their health and safety programs are effectively understood by the diverse labour force in agriculture and horticulture. 

We are here to help! 

  • Occupational Health and Safety Workshops
  • Effective educational resources
  • Help translating your existing occupational health and safety program materials
  • Resource tool box for farms
  • Workplace consultations
  • Clinical consultations 

For more information or to work with us 

Ehuesca@ohcow.on.ca 

1.877.817.0336 (ext 2221) 

Talk to us on 1-877-817-0336 toll-free or contact us online