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Temporary Foreign
Agricultural Worker
Program (TFAW)

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Every year thousands of temporary foreign agricultural 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.

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.

Every season we connect and work with more and more Ontario growers

We have worked with farms in:
Durham    •    Haldimand-Norfolk    •   Niagara Regions    •   Brant County    •   Lambton County

We support them in addressing the challenges of working with a diverse workforce.
We also ensure that occupational health and safety guidelines and programs are understood and effective in the form of:

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WORKSHOPS

We have delivered workshops occupational health and safety workshops to 1000+ migrant farm workers

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RESOURCES

We continue to identify, develop and distribute health and safety information, resources and materials in literacy and language appropriate formats.

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STRATEGIES and BEST PRACTICES

We continue to support farms with strategies and best practices to ensure their health and safety programs are effectively understood by, and reflect the needs of, the diverse labour force in agriculture and horticulture.

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CONSULTATION SERVICES

We continue to provide both workplace and clinical consultations to assist both the workers and their employers. Learn more about these consultations below.

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TRANSLATON
SERVICES

We can also provide translation services to help you communicate more effectively with your workers. Learn more about our translation service below.

THE NUMBERS

58,000
The number of people that came to Canada to work through the two key programs*

52%
of the temporary foreign agricultural workers were from Mexico

92+%
The percentage of agricultural jobs filled by temporary foreign workers in Canada

78%
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* from the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program’s agricultural stream

AWARENESS and BASICS

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Hazards and Prevention

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CONFIDENCE, CULTURE and COMMUNICATIONS

When working with migrant farm workers, it is important to promote worker confidence and build a positive health and safety culture through communications

The following factsheets draw from our experience as well as from research conducted by other health and safety organizations working with migrant workers:

Since 2006, OHCOW has provided occupational health support to more than a thousand migrant farm workers and their employers in Ontario through clinical consultations for individuals with occupational health concerns, and prevention-based occupational health and safety materials, tools and workshops. All our services are free of charge. This factsheet draws from our experience as well as from research conducted by other health and safety organizations working with migrant workers

Culture Makes a Difference

Making workplaces safe and healthy involves the collaboration of all workplace parties which is why an ‘internal responsibility system’ is the core framework of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act. For this to be effective, it is important that workers feel as though they can ask questions, raise concerns, understand issues and be involved in developing health and safety solutions.

Some migrant farm workers voice feeling intimidated to ask questions about work practices or to identify health and safety concerns. Several reasons are described: they will get in trouble, be seen as a nuisance, or perceived as incapable of performing the work tasks if they ask questions. Migrant workers particularly fear being “sent home” if they raise concerns. It is important to recognize and address these fears in order to achieve an open, collaborative, healthy, safe and productive work place culture.

Promote worker confidence in engaging with health and safety:

  • Communicate frequently and openly, encouraging conversation, questions and feedback
  • Emphasize the importance of asking questions for clarification. Ask workers to demonstrate or re-iterate for confirmation.
  • Listen. Consistently give workers a chance to speak and/or ask for feedback (e.g. “what do you think?”) to encourage contribution, participation and also increased engagement.
  • Explain that responding to concerns raised by workers helps improve conditions for all workplace parties, and are not part of blaming or firing people.
  • Encourage workers who are less confident communicating in English to refer concerns through a co-worker who can help them with communication.
  • Where possible provide basic health and safety materials and/or training in the workers’ language or with the assistance of a competent translator or translating device

Build a positive health and safety culture:

  • Highlight the internal responsibility system and the role of all parties in collaborating for health and safety in the workplace
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to safety through postings, orientation, training and the provision of hazard information, and ensuring equipment is in good repair
  • Pace work so that workers do not feel the need to compromise safety to meet production demands
  • Emphasize the importance of reporting hazards, near misses and especially accidents for proper follow-up and future prevention
  • Recognize that workers may come with pre-conceived ideas that may complicate their understanding of safety instructions or practices, and solicit teachable moments to address those eg. Fear of the “shock” of cold water on hot days, and the hazardous use of mineral salts like “suero” as hydration aids.
  • Promote health by providing access to hand washing and laundry facilities.

Celebrate success stories where worker ideas have made a difference to health, safety, productivity and/or quality

eg. From a local farm:

  • Workers told farmer that round single-person carrying baskets are awkward to carry, and are causing strains to their backs.
  • Employer researched better carrying boxes and eventually purchased (cheaper!) plastic crates that can be carried by two people to share the weight
  • Employer notes that since the change workers have been more productive, and have not experienced the same back discomfort.

References:

  • HSE Human Factors Briefing Note No. 8 Safety-Critical Communications- Health and Safety Executive.
  • Leadership and worker involvement toolkit: Effective communication and gaining co-operation-Health and Safety Executive
  • Common Topics 3: Safety Critical Communications-Health and Safety Executive
  • Protecting migrant workers-Health and Safety Executive

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Since 2006, OHCOW has provided occupational health support to more than a thousand migrant farm workers and their employers in Ontario through clinical consultations for individuals with occupational health concerns, and prevention- based occupational health and safety materials, tools and workshops. All our services are free of charge. This factsheet draws from our experience as well as from research conducted by other health and safety organizations working with migrant workers.

Communication

Communication is the key to a healthy, safe and productive workplace. It is needed to ensure roles and directions are understood; to warn against dangers; to avoid unsafe practices; to promote critical emergency response and particularly to learn about (and from!) the concerns and hazards that workers encounter.

“I did not understand the directions they gave, I just tried to watch how my co- worker was doing the work, but I still felt unsure for quite some time”

Migrant farm workers often have limited speaking and comprehension skills in English and may also be reluctant (in their anxiety to work) to let on when they don’t understand. Literacy can also be an issue. Not addressing these factors in workplace communication and training can put everyone in the workplace at risk.

Therefore where possible:

  • Provide instructions, materials and training in the language of the workers (OHCOW can help find or verify). E.g. http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/poster_prevention.php
  • Use materials and training with clear images or symbols
  • Repeat key information in different ways: written, verbal, and visual formats
  • Participation and engagement are critical: Consistently ask for feedback or ideas from workers regarding information being presented (e.g. “what do you think?”)
  • Identify workers who may be more proficient in English, and support them to be communication aides for others.
  • Encourage workers to ask for repetition or clarification when they do not understand.
  • Use a ‘buddy’ system, pairing less and more experienced workers who speak the same language.
  • Include comprehension testing activities as part of training to measure understanding.
  • Train supervisors on how to communicate clearly, to be patient, to check understanding and to encourage feedback
  • Pace work so that there is adequate time to communicate effectively
  • Ensure important communications are not muffled by workplace noise
  • Look for an opportunity to provide ‘workplace English’ lessons or resources to interested workers

Workers Need to Know:

  • OHS Rights and Responsibilities, and what that means to them
  • Farm/Business Safety Roles, Policy and Procedures and what they mean in practice
  • How to get help in an Emergency (see below)
  • Hazards and Risks they face in their jobs; Why and how they are to be controlled
  • Safe working practices they should follow; how well they are doing so; and consequences if they don’t
  • Healthy hygiene practices when working with soil, chemicals or biohazards
  • Where they can get more safety information (ideally posted where they congregate)
  • The importance of communicating about safety: to each other, to their supervisor, to management, and to visitors or outside contractors who face the same hazards
  • The importance of reporting injuries and illness in order to ensure treatment and prevention

Emergency Planning:

Emergency planning and communication is key to ensure an effective response when every minute counts.

  • Advise workers whom to call first and provide the means to do so (eg. Radio or cell phone). Ideally every location should have a designated first aid responder.
  • Train workers with some English proficiency to call 911 if the supervisor or responder can’t be reached or the situation is serious.
  • Provide workers with cards that clearly state the address of the farm and specific directions to the work location (eg. Field) if different.
  • Train workers in identifying and responding to heat stroke, eg. cooling the victim with water and moving them closer to the road for faster access.
  • Practice with mock drills, giving everyone a chance to play a role

References:

  • HSE Human Factors Briefing Note No. 8 Safety-Critical Communications- Health and Safety Executive.
  • Leadership and worker involvement toolkit: Effective communication and gaining co-operation-Health and Safety Executive
  • Common Topics 3: Safety Critical Communications-Health and Safety Executive
  • Protecting migrant workers-Health and Safety Executive
  • Communication a tool for better safety, compliance and understanding of migrant workers-Margarita Caropresi, Director and Chief editor Atoctli.

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RESOURCES

Through our years of work with migrant farm workers, we have identified numerous educational materials that are effective in communicating occupational health and safety (OHS) information to migrant farm workers.

These resources include those developed by NIOSH, CAL OSHA, the US National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), among others.

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Featured Resource – Mental Health and Psychosocial Supports for International Agricultural Workers in Ontario

Project Report Now Available

A project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
May 2021 to March 2022

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ENGLISH [PDF]

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Helping Workers to Know and Exercise Their Health and Safety Rights

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TINGNAN ANG MGA INFOGRAPHIC

VIEW VIDEOS
that accompany these infographics

Mental Health and Psychosocial Supports for Ontario International Agricultural Workers

Nine Regional Resource Posters
in English and Spanish

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VIEW POSTERS
VER CARTELES

View the videos that accompany these posters:

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Prevent COVID-19:
Up Your Mask!


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What to Expect After Calling 911

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

For Both Workers and Employers

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Supports and Services for International Agricultural Workers Explained

July 2022

[VIDEOS]
OHCOW Migrant Farm Worker’s Team

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Workers’ Basic Health and Safety Rights – The Videos

September 2022

[VIDEOS]
Available in English and Spanish

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Workers’ Basic Health and Safety Rights –The Wallet Cards

[WALLET CARDS]
Available in English, Spanish and Thai
OHCOW’s Migrant Farm Workers Team

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Where Does is Hurt? Body Maps

[POSTER]
A clear and simple language poster that helps workers to identify the types of pain they and their co-workers may be experiencing.

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Health and Safety Prevention and Controls

[POSTER]
Available in English, Spanish (Espanol), and Thai
OHCOW’s Migrant Farm Workers Team

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What Causes Our Symptoms? HAZARDS

[POSTER]
Available in English, Spanish (Espanol) and Thai
OHCOW Migrant Farm Workers Team

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Supporting the Mental Health of Ontario Agricultural Workers

May 27, 2022

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Eduardo Huesca, Community Program and Outreach Coordinator and Leonor Cedillo, Research Lead, OMAFRA Project, OHCOW

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Promising Practices in Support of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being of Ontario International Agricultural Workers

March 25, 2022

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
OHCOW Research Team
Sharing findings from the “Community & Workplace Psychosocial Supports for the Mental Health of IAWs in Ontario” Project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

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Community and Workplace Psychosocial Supports for the Mental Health of International Agricultural Workers in Ontario

March 25, 2022

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
OHCOW Research Team
Sharing findings from the “Community & Workplace Psychosocial Supports for the Mental Health of IAWs in Ontario” Project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

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Mental Health and Psychosocial Supports for International Agricultural Workers in Ontario

April 25, 2022

[REPORT]
A report prepared by OHCOW for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

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Multi-faceted: Shining Light on Worker Deaths to Learn and Prevent in Future

April 28, 2022

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Marking the 36th Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job through the lens of nine international agricultural worker (IAW) deaths during the pandemic, from the perspectives of investigators, regulators and researchers.

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Calling 911 / Llame al 911

February 2022

[VIDEO]
Available in English and Spanish (Espanol)
Government of Canada, Kairos, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

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Prevent COVID-19: Up Your Mask!

February 28, 2022

[VIDEO]
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) Migrant Agricultural Workers Program, as part of the KAIROS project, Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers during COVID-19

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Workers’ Basic Health and Safety Rights – The Infographics

[INFOGRAPHICS]
A series of four colourful and informative infographics that contain helpful information for workers who need to exercise their rights for a healthy and safe work environment.

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Mental Health and Psychosocial Supports for Ontario International Agricultural Workers

[POSTERS]
Nine colourful posters to help workers find the mental health and psychosocial assistance they need while working in Ontario’s Agriculture Industry.
(Available in both English and Spanish)

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*SUPPORTING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKERS

April 26, 2022

[WEBINAR EVENT]
OHCOW Research Team
Sharing findings from the “Community & Workplace Psychosocial Supports for the Mental Health of IAWs in Ontario” Project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

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Using a Disposable Respirator

February 3, 2022

[INFOGRAPHIC]
Available in English, Spanish and Tagalog
OHCOW
Aerosol Transmission Coalition

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*CONTINUED COLLABORATION

November 26, 2021

(RECORDED WEBINAR]
Part of the OCC-TOBER Webinar Series

Exposures of concern for firefighters, the evolution of ODAP and COVID information needs of agricultural workers are discussed

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International Agricultural Worker Health and Safety Workshop 2021

April 2021

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

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Health and Safety in the Time of COVID-19 – What Does It Mean for International Agricultural Workers?

April 2021

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Dorothy Wigmore, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

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Deputy Chief Coroner’s Review: COVID-10 Related Deaths of Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers in 2020

April 2021

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Dr. Leah Vosko, Professor at York University and Canada Research Chair in Political Economy of Gender and Work

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Remembering Farmworkers Killed and Harmed by COVID-19

April 2021

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Dr. Janet McLaughlin, Wilfrid Laurier University and Migrant Worker Health Expert Working Group

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Day of Mourning: A Little History

April 2021

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Dorothy Wigmore, OHCOW

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What to Expect When Calling 911 for a Health Emergency

2020

[FACTSHEET / HANDOUT]
Government of Ontario

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Calling 911 When You Need Emergency Health Care

2020

[FACTSHEET / HANDOUT]
Government of Ontario

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Working Safely with Pesticides

2020

[FACTSHEETS / HANDOUTS]
A series of colourful, information handouts available in both English and Spanish.

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Recommendations for Overcoming Health Challenges Faced By Migrant Agricultural Workers during the COVID-19-Virus Pandemic

June 9, 2020

[REPORT]
Bob Barnetson, PhD, C. Susana Caxaj, RN, PhD, Amy Cohen, MA, Donald Cole, MD, MSc, FRCP(C), Carlos Colindres MLT, MSc, CIC, Natalie Drolet, MA, LLB, Jason Foster, PhD, Jill Hanley, PhD, Jenna L. Hennebry, PhD, Eduardo Huesca, MA, Stephanie Mayell, MA, Janet McLaughlin, PhD, Michelle Tew, RN, BScN, DOHS, COHN(C), Leah Vosko, PhD

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Heightened COVID-19 Risks to Temporary Foreign (Migrant) Agricultural Workers (TFAWs) and Recommended Actions in the 2020 Agricultural Season Occupational Medicine

June 4, 2020

[PERSPECTIVE PAPER]
Donald C Cole, MD, DOHS, MSc, FRCP(C) Occupational, Environmental and Public Health Medicine Consultant

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Migrant Farm Workers Health Forum 2019

April 2020

[WEBINAR EVENT]

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

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Communicating Health and Safety Effectively

2018

[FACTSHEET / HANDOUT]
OHCOW Migrant Farm Workers’ Team

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Improving Confidence and Building Culture

2018

[FACTSHEET / HANDOUT]
OHCOW Migrant Farm Workers’ Team

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Where Do We Go From Here?

2018

[RECORDED PRESENTATION]

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Migration and Health: A Global Way Forward

2018

[RECORDED PRESENTATION]
World Health Organization (WHO)

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Worker, Migration and Health 2018

May 2018

[RECORDED EVENT]

A Forum on Precarity, Vulnerability, Health and Safety Among Newcomers and Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada

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Take Care of Your Eyes

September 13, 2018

[INFOGRAPHIC]
Available in English, Spanish (Espanol), Tagalog
OHCOW Migrant Farm Workers Team

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Mental Health Information for Farm Workers

September 28, 2022

[BROCHURE]
OHCOW Migrant Farm Workers Team

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Pesticide Safety in Ontario – Legislation and Training

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Eduardo Huesca, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

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Occupational Health Issues in Agriculture

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Dr. Michael Pysklywec, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

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Sexual Health and MFWs

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Aaron Diaz Mendiburo, Postdoctoral fellowship, International Migration Research Centre, Wilfred University with additional speakers from AIDS Committee of Windor and Durham, and Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS).

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Mental Health Among Jamaican Farm Workers

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Stephanie Mayell, McMaster University

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Creating Supportive Spaces with MFWs in Simcoe

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Camille Roberts, Outreach Volunteer

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

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Eduardo Huesca, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

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Health and Safety Hazards in Agriculture

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
John Aird, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

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Pesticide Safety in Ontario – Legislation and Training

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Lynn Van Maanen, Ontario Pesticide Education Program (OPEP)

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First Aid for Eye Injuries

2015

[FACTSHEET / HANDOUT]
Canadian Ophthalmological Society

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Outreach – Migrant Farm Worker Program

October 14, 2015

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Eduardo Huesca, OHCOW (Hamilton)

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Muscle Injury Prevention at Work

September 28, 2022

[HANDOUT]
Available in English and Spanish (Espanol)
The Northeast Centre for Agricultural Health | The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health  | Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN)

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Simple Solutions: Ergonomics for Farm Workers

September 28, 2022

[HANDBOOK]
US Department of Health and Human Services | Centres for Disease Control and Prevention | NIOSH

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

FOR WORKERS

Prevent COVID-19:
Up Your Mask!


ESPANOL    |    About

Mixing and Matching COVID-19 Vaccines

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English   |   Spanish

COVID-19 Safety After Vaccination

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English   |   Spanish

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[INFOGRAPHIC]

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ENGLISH

There is also a 2-page document version available in multiple languages:

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TAGALOG

The following materials contain helpful information for workers who need to exercise their rights for a healthy and safe work environment:

These handy wallet cards can be carried by workers on the job for fast, easy access to guidance and advice:

Workers’ Basic Health and Safety Rights

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English   |   Espanol   |   Thai   |   Tagalog

Refusing Dangerous Work

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English   |   Espanol   |   Thai   |   Tagalog

Workers’ Rights Against Retaliation

Snapshot of the cover of the Employers and Supervisors Must Protect Your Health and Safety wallet card

English   |   Espanol   |   Thai   |   Tagalog

Hurt or sick because of your job?
Have COVID-19?

Snapshot of the cover of the "Hurt or sick because of your job? Have COVID-19" wallet card

English   |   Espanol   |   Thai   |   Tagalog

The following videos support the above wallet cards:

Workers’ Basic Health and Safety Rights

Espanol   |   Thai

Refusing Dangerous Work

Espanol   |   Thai

Workers’ Rights Against Retaliation

Espanol   |   Thai

Hurt or sick because of your job?
Have COVID-19?

Espanol   |   Thai

Use the following infographics for posting this helpful content in your workplace:

Workers’ Health and Safety Rights

Snapshot of an infographic containing information on workers health and safety rights

English   |   Espanol
Tagalog

How to Refuse Dangerous / Unsafe Work

Snapshot of an infographic outlining the steps involved in refusing dangerous or unsafe work

English   |   Espanol
Tagalog

In Ontario Employers and Supervisors Must Protect Your Health and Safety – It’s the Law

Snapshot of an infographic outlining the law around employers and supervisors protecting workers health and safety

English   |   Espanol
Tagalog

Are You Hurt or Sick Because of Your Job?

Snapshot of an infographic on what to do if you are hurt or sick because of your job

English   |   Espanol
Tagalog

What Causes Our Symptoms?
HAZARDS

Thumbnail of the Symptoms and Hazards flyer

English   |   Espanol   |   Thai

More about

Health and Safety
Prevention and Controls

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English   |   Espanol   |   Thai

More about

Protect the Hands that Feed Us

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migrantworker.ca

Source:  Migrant Worker Health Expert Working Group (MWHEWG)

Calling 911

ESPANOL

What to Expect After Calling 911

ESPANOL

Calling 911 When You Need Emergency Health Care

Snapshot of th"Calling 911 when you need emergency healthcare" factsheet

English  |  Spanish  |  Thai
Tagalog

What to Expect When Calling 911 for a Health Emergency

Snapshot of the "What to expect when calling 911 for a health emergency" factsheet

English |  Spanish  |  Thai
Tagalog

Pesticide Equipment

Snapshot of the Pesticide Equipment poster

English   |  Spanish

Pesticide Drift

Snapshot of the Pesticide Drift poster

English   |   Spanish

Pesticide First Aid

Snapshot of the Pesticide First Aid poster

English  |  Spanish

Pesticide First Aid
(Enclosed Spaces)

Snapshot of the Pesticide First Aid poster

English  |  Spanish

Pesticide Spills

Snapshot of the Pesticide Spills poster

English  |  Spanish

Pesticide Containers

Snapshot of the Pesticide Containers poster

English  |  Spanish

Work Clothing

Snapshot of the Work Clothing poster

English  |  Spanish

Breaks / After Work

Snapshot of the Breaks and After Work poster

English  |  Spanish

Take Care of Your Eyes

Snapshot of the Eye Health poster

English   |   Espanol   |    Tagalog

First Aid for Eye Injuries

Snapshot of a poster entitled "First Aid for Eye Injuries"

English  |   Spanish

Health Effects of Heat

Snapshot of the Health Effects of Heat poster

Source:  CAL/OSHA

English  |  Espanol

Water. Rest. Shade
A Heat Safety Fact Sheet

Snapshot of the Water, Rest, Shade factsheet

English  |  Spanish

Giant Hogweed

Thumbnail of the "Giant Hogweed" flyer

English  |  Espanol

Poison Ivy

Thumbnail of the "Poison Ivy Safety" flyer

English  |   Espanol

Stinging Nettle Safety

Thumbnail of the "Stinging Nettle Safety" flyer

English

Ticks and Lyme Disease

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English  |  Espanol

West Nile Virus Safety

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English / Spanish

Injury Prevention

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English   |   Espanol

Simple Solutions:  Ergonomics for Farm Workers

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English

Mental Health and Psychosocial Supports for Ontario International Agricultural Workers

Nine Regional Resource Posters
in English and Spanish

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ENGLISH   |   ESPANOL

 

 

Supports and Services for International Agricultural Workers Explained

A playlist of videos that explain the various types of supports and services available to international agricultural workers through the services outlined on the companion posters.

Collage of snapshots of the five videos outlining the supports and services available for agricultural workers

ENGLISH   |    ESPANOL

Mental Health Information for Farm Workers

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English  |  Spanish

FOR EMPLOYERS

Heightened COVID-19 Risks to Temporary Foreign (Migrant) Agricultural Workers (TFAWs) and Recommended Actions in the 2020 Agricultural Season Occupational Medicine

A Perspective Paper
by Donald C Cole MD, DOHS, MSc, FRCP(C), Occupational, Environmental and Public Health Medicine Consultant

English

Recommendations for Overcoming Health Challenges Faced By Migrant Agricultural Workers during the COVID-19-Virus Pandemic

Report to ESDC (last update June 9, 2020)

English

Health and Safety Guides and Toolkits

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(many are related to agricultural work)
Source:  Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

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Improving Confidence and Building Culture

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English

Effectively Communicating Health and Safety

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English

EVENT RESOURCES

  • All
  • 2016
  • 2018
  • 2021
  • Advocacy
  • Agriculture
  • Awareness / Empowerment
  • Best Practices
  • Coroner Reports
  • Data Collection
  • Day of Mourning
  • Employment Agencies
  • Hazards
  • Legislation
  • Mental Health
  • Migrant Farm Workers
  • Newcomers / Refugees
  • Pesticides
  • Policies / Procedures
  • Precarious Work
  • Sexual Health
  • Social Services
  • Supportive Spaces
  • Training
  • Vulnerability
  • Worker Feedback

International Agricultural Worker Health and Safety Workshop 2021

April 2021

[WEBINAR EVENT]

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

Health and Safety in the Time of COVID-19 – What Does It Mean for International Agricultural Workers?

April 2021

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Dorothy Wigmore, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Deputy Chief Coroner’s Review: COVID-10 Related Deaths of Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers in 2020

April 2021

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Dr. Leah Vosko, Professor at York University and Canada Research Chair in Political Economy of Gender and Work

Remembering Farmworkers Killed and Harmed by COVID-19

April 2021

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Dr. Janet McLaughlin, Wilfrid Laurier University and Migrant Worker Health Expert Working Group

Day of Mourning: A Little History

April 2021

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Dorothy Wigmore, OHCOW

Migrant Farm Workers Health Forum 2019

April 2020

[WEBINAR EVENT]

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

Where Do We Go From Here?

2018

[RECORDED PRESENTATION]

Migration and Health: A Global Way Forward

2018

[RECORDED PRESENTATION]
World Health Organization (WHO)

Worker, Migration and Health 2018

May 2018

[RECORDED EVENT]

A Forum on Precarity, Vulnerability, Health and Safety Among Newcomers and Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada

Pesticide Safety in Ontario – Legislation and Training

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Eduardo Huesca, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Occupational Health Issues in Agriculture

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Dr. Michael Pysklywec, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Sexual Health and MFWs

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Aaron Diaz Mendiburo, Postdoctoral fellowship, International Migration Research Centre, Wilfred University with additional speakers from AIDS Committee of Windor and Durham, and Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS).

Mental Health Among Jamaican Farm Workers

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Stephanie Mayell, McMaster University

Creating Supportive Spaces with MFWs in Simcoe

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Camille Roberts, Outreach Volunteer

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

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Eduardo Huesca, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Health and Safety Hazards in Agriculture

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
John Aird, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Pesticide Safety in Ontario – Legislation and Training

2016

[RECORDED WEBINAR]
Lynn Van Maanen, Ontario Pesticide Education Program (OPEP)

EVENTS

OHCOW hosts, and partners with other organizations, to bring special events to the migrant farm worker community.

Previous events include:
Migrant Farm Worker Forums    •    Work, Migration and Health Forum
International Foreign Agricultural Workers Workshop
plus many others

Presentations from the past events can be found above under Additional Resources.

CASE STUDIES

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OUR TEAM

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TESTIMONIALS

The following testimonials speak to the quality and value of this highly regarded program.

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WORKER

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CLINICIAN

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CONSULTATION SERVICES

We offer both Workplace and Clinic Consultations as part of our Migrant Farm Workers Program.
Learn more about each service in the blocks below.
Register for a free consultation using the contact form or phone number below.

Workplace Consultations

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Clinical Consultations
For individuals with occupational health concerns

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Translation Assistance

If you need help translating your existing occupational health and safety program material into a second language,
please contact us using the contact form or phone number below.

RELATED VIDEOS

We have a large library of videos related to Migrant Farm Workers.
Most of these videos are generated from speaker sessions at our various events/forums.
To view these videos by event, see the Past Event Resources section above.

CONTACT US

Use the following form to contact the OHCOW Migrant Farm Workers Program:

You can also call us about the Migrant Farm Workers Program if you prefer:

1-877-817-0336