3 Things Every Farmworker Should Know: 2022 Federal Budget

On April 7, 2022, the Canadian political party currently in power (Liberal Party) announced its budget, including new programs to exploit migrant workers. The federal budget is important because it shows what the government’s priorities are. It includes major policy changes that impact farmworkers like you, and other migrant workers in Canada.

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Here are 3 things in the 2022 federal budget that affect farmworkers:

  1. A new foreign labour program is being built and carried out over the next 3 years. The program is for agriculture and fish processing. What will this program look like and how will it be different from programs that already exist? Right now we don’t have any clear answers from the government. But we know that without permanent status, any programs created will continue to exploit workers who don’t have equal rights.
  2. A new “Trusted Employer” program is being created that will make it easier for bosses to hire migrants like you, without making sure you’re protected at work. How will the government know who is a trusted boss and what are the standards it will use? The government hasn’t provided any answers yet. Get in touch with us on WhatsApp and let us know what you think about this new program!
  3. The 2022 Federal Budget keeps worker exploitation firmly planted, gives more power to the federal immigration minister, and does not give access to equal rights that are only possible through permanent resident status. This is not fair, you and your family deserve better!

What are you willing to do to win the rights and benefits you deserve?Migrant farmworkers like you are uniting with other migrant workers and taking action to win changes that benefit workers, instead of those who profit from your hard work – join us!

Send us a message on WhatsApp at 905-324-2840 to learn how you can get involved and sign up here to take part in our next day of action on May 1! United we are stronger.