Workshop - International Agricultural Worker health and safety

Wed, 28 Apr 2021

International Ag Worker health and safety: Time to mourn. Time to Reflect. Time to Protect.

Marking Canada's National Day of Mourning for Injured & Killed Workers* reflecting on lives lost, health impacted & strategies learned to fight COVID-19 + other workplace hazards

Wednesday, April 28 at 1:30PM.

Update: Video now available here! Slides below and coming soon.

This 90-minute workshop will mark the 35th Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job through the lens of international agricultural worker (IAW) occupational health and safety (OHS) in the time of COVID-19. Aimed at organizations working with IAWs in the pandemic (including partners in the Kairos Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers during COVID-19 network), but others are also more than welcome to participate.


Welcome, Valerie Wolfe, OHCOW

Day of Mourning: a little history, Dorothy Wigmore, OHCOW - video, slides

Remembering farmworkers killed and harmed by COVID-19, Dr. Janet McLaughlin, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Migrant Worker Health Expert Working Group - video

Deputy Chief Coroner's Review: COVID-19 Related Deaths of Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers in 2020, Dr. Leah Vosko, Professor at York University and Canada Research Chair in Political Economy of Gender and Work - video, slides

Health and safety in the time of COVID-19 -- What does it mean for international agricultural workers? Dorothy Wigmore, OHCOW - video, slides

Discussion on information, tools and approaches to help support workers and workplaces in 2021, All

We look forward to seeing you there.

OHCOW Migrant Farm Worker Program Team


For more information, visit OHCOW webpages:

Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers and COVID 19 Safety Guidance & Resources

Occ-COVID (COVID in the workplace) webinar series

COVID-19 Resources (for a wide variety of information from around the world), including the up-to-date Regional Risk Tool and important Airborne Transmission and Control.

And Contact Us for more information about, and assistance in, protecting workers and workplaces from this deadly and pervasive occupational disease.

*Mourning Day Act

S.C. 1991, c. 15

An Act respecting a Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace [Assented to 1st February, 1991]

WHEREAS it is desirable that Canadians should designate a day of mourning to remember workers killed, disabled or injured in the workplace and workers afflicted with industrial disease;

AND WHEREAS Canadians seek earnestly to set an example of their commitment to the issue of health and safety in the workplace;

NOW, THEREFORE, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows

Short title

1.This Act may be cited as the Workers Mourning Day Act.

Day of Mourning

2. (1) Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the 28th day of April shall be known under the name of "Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace".


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