Migrant Farm Worker Health Forum 2016

Nearly 40,000 migrant farmworkers (MFWs) come to Canada each year to work in the agriculture industry, with approximately 24 000 arriving to Ontario.  The health of these workers is strongly influenced by their experience of migration, their living and work environments, and their access to health care and health and safety support. These workers face many access barriers, including language, isolation, intimidation, and disconnect from available services. Many service providers have not yet connected to these communities; those who have are challenged with the task of ensuring services reflect unique needs.

The forum brought together a wealth of experience from across the province and beyond, showcasing practical insights on such topics as: 

  • Service planning and delivery
  • Best practices in working with interpreters
  • Cross cultural considerations for service provision
  • Employer engagement
  • Key Health issues and hazards
  • WSIB & MFW – info for clinicians
  • Innovative CHC work with MFWs.
  • Health and worker housing
  • Best practices in developing and running workshops with MFWs.
  • Relevant legislation and policy resources,
  • Advocacy
  • + Among others


The event was very successful and  identified by attendees as highly informative, useful and innovative.  Below are some video resources of some of the sessions presented. For more information and resources from the forum contact: Eduardo Huesca

Migrant Farm Worker Guide

Below are the video sessions from this event 

Pesticide Safety in Ontario 

By Lynn Van Maanen fom the Ontario Pesticide Education Program (OPEP)

Health and Safety Hazards in Agriculture 

By John Aird from the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Approaching the Challenge of Worker feedback and Data Collection for MFW Programs 

By Eduardo Huesca from Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Creating Supportive Spaces with MFWs in Simcoe 

By Camille Roberts, Outreach Volunteer

Pesticide Safety in ON Legislation and Training 

By Eduardo Huesca from Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Mental Health Among Jamaican Farm Workers 

By Stephanie Mayell, McMaster University 

Sexual Health and MFWs 

By Aaraon Diaz Mendiburo, postdoctoral fellowship International Migration Research Centre, Wilfrid University and speakers 

from AIDS Committee of Windsor and Durham, and Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS)

Occupational Health Issues in Agriculture 

By Dr. Michael Pysklywec from Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Best Practices in Using Interpreters Volunteers to Professionals 

By Laura Comiskey 


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