[Draft \ Working Document]
Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers (TFAWs) have been identified as a vulnerable population by healthcare and occupational health and safety experts. The ongoing challenges this group faces in hazard communication, health care access and service navigation, as well as the coordinated ‘grouping’ of these workers in their travel, work, and housing (often in shared barracks\ bunkhouses) are among important factors to consider for their COVID 19 safety, and for that of Canadians.
The following draft guidance identifies health and safety considerations in the context of TFAWs traveling, arriving, and working in Canadian agriculture during the COVID 19 outbreak. Many of the issues identified will require significant review, as solutions are complex and unclear. However, the goal of this initial guidance is to contribute to critical thinking and planning.