A report prepared by OHCOW for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
Published: April 25, 2022
A mixed-methods project that unfolded in multiple phases – The main goal of the project was to create an inventory of available mental health and psychosocial wellbeing supports and services available to Latinx and Caribbean International Agricultural Workers (IAWs) in Ontario, and to distribute findings to these workers as soon as possible. From there, the project sought to better understand key issues related to the mental health and psychosocial wellness of these workers , and conducted a scoping review of scientific literature; structured interviews with IAWs and other stakeholders, including community groups, employers, employers’ associations, primary health care clinics, mental health organizations, mental health initiatives specializing in work with migrant communities, and legal clinics; individual and group consultations; and reviews of secondary sources from all the stakeholder groups. Based on findings from these activities the project identified current promising practices supporting the mental and psychosocial wellbeing of Ontario IAWs, important gaps requiring attention, and recommendations for needed work and intervention.
This project was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and took place from May 2021 to March 2022.