Thursday, June 29, 2023

Union calls for resumed salt company negotiations


Unifor is calling on the American owners of Windsor Salt to resume negotiations to end a strike that began in mid-February.

The owner, Stone Canyon Industries of Los Angeles, walked out Tuesday when it said the union reneged on things it earlier agreed to. 

The company issued a news release saying "This past weekend, through intensive discussions, the Union [Unifor] and Windsor Salt appeared to have reached an agreement on nearly all outstanding proposals.

"The parties were discussing plans to end the strike and resume operations. On Monday afternoon, abruptly and surprisingly, Unifor Local 1959 reversed course and reneged on its agreement to certain critical issues. As a result of these regressive events, negotiations have again stalled."

The union staged a protest Wednesday at Windsor City Hall, pressing its call for negotiations to resume.

There has been a shortage of some types of salt such as water softener salt marketed by Ontario supermarket chains.

Federal-provincial antimicrobial plan

The federal government, provinces and territories recently reached agreement on a plan to address antimicrobial resistance.

The plan includes restrictions on the use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry production, most of them already in place.

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau recently unveiled the agreement called the Pan-Canadian Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance.

The World Organization for Animal Health almost simultaneously announced there has been a 13 per cent decline in the amount of antimicrobials used in animals from 2017 through 2019.

The Canadian action plan has a lot to say about livestock and poultry, such as:

In 2020, 82 per cent of all Medically Important Antimicrobials (AMIs) as sold by volume in Canada were intended for use in food producing animals and horses. 

Less than one per cent of antimicrobials were sold for use in plants/crops and companion animals (that is, cats and dogs), with the remaining 17 per cent sold or purchased for human use. 

It is important to note that there are substantially more animals than people in Canada. Taking populations and estimated weights into account, approximately 1.8 times more MIAs were intended for use in production animals (food animals plus horses) than in people.

The types and dosing of MIAs used in most production animals are often different from those used in humans, making it challenging to understand the comparison of sales data based solely on volume.


Overall sales of MIAs across production animals in Canada decreased by seven per cent (by kg) from 2018 to 2021, with variations in sales trends by animal species (for example, farmed livestock, 

aquaculture and horses). 

These trends coincided with the implementation of veterinary drug regulatory changes and policy interventions in 2017 to 2018, which included making MIAs available by prescription only and removing growth promotion claims from all MIAs.

Sentinel farm surveillance of AMU on broiler chicken, grower-finisher pig and turkey farms also indicated a decrease in AMU from 2016 to 2020.

More antimicrobials were reported to be used for disease prevention purposes (primarily for prevention of enteric diseases) than for disease treatment (respiratory, enteric, septicemia or lameness) in 2020, which is similar to previous years.

The decreasing trend in AMU was accompanied by a decrease in AMR in bacteria from samples from the same sentinel farms, using resistance to three or more classes of antimicrobials for Escherichia coli as the AMR indicator. 

Advancements have been made to keep animals healthy and reduce the use of MIAs through, for example, federal initiatives to improve access to antimicrobial alternatives. 

There have also been sector-specific initiatives to eliminate the preventive use of third generation cephalosporins (and other antimicrobial classes in some cases). 

Decisions related to the access and use of antimicrobials in the animal sector are complex, species-specific, and influenced by numerous factors including animal husbandry practices, animal disease conditions and market supply and demand.

AMR poses a challenge to sustaining the important domestic and global contributions of the agriculture industry. 

From 2012 to 2050, gross global agricultural output is estimated to grow between 40 and 54 per cent to meet food demand, depending on the scenario as analyzed by the FAO.

The need for safe and effective antimicrobials in agriculture is clear, and in Canada the quantity of MIAs sold for use in production animals (in mg/population correction unit (PCU) is higher than the median reported by other countries using similar metrics, though there are important differences across antimicrobial classes sold and production practices.

The agriculture sector will be a critical partner in helping balance the need to preserve the effectiveness of antimicrobials for human and animal health with the need for safe and affordable food products, the agreement said.

Wellington County touts agriculture

A recently-completed study reports that Wellington County farmers contribute $841 million a year to the province’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employ 12,260 people.

The county’s agri-food sector contributes $2.8 billion to national GDP.

But population growth is taking over farm land; the population is forecast to increase by 61 per cent by 2051.

The Wellington Federation of Agriculture collaborated with Wilton Consulting Group and Serecon to conduct the Agri-Food Systems Study. 

The team completed a literature and data review, an economic impact analysis, and several engagement activities. 

Wellington County is home to some of Canada’s most productive farmland and while it accounts for only 0.2 per cent of total land area in Ontario, it supports five per cent (418,296 acres) of the province’s field crops. 

Farmers in Wellington County produce four per cent of the province’s soybeans and grain corn, and seven per cent of the province’s winter wheat. The County’s farmers are leaders in field crop production, growing:

·       10 per cent of Ontario’s acreage of corn silage

·       Nine per cent of Ontario’s acreage of mixed grain

·       Eight per cent of Ontario’s acreage of barley

The county is home to 12 per cent of Ontario’s dairy farms, 10 per cent of it’s poultry and egg farms, eight per cent of its hog farms and seven per cent of its equine farms.

It is also home to the Elora Raceway and casino which supports the Grand River Agriculture Society and the University of Guelph and its Elora research centre.

The report prompted the Wellington County Federation of Agriculture to make several priorities – educating the urban population about the importance of agriculture, protecting prime farmland “as the finite, and non-renewable resource it is” and supporting entrepreneurship across the agri-good system.

Hilltop Poultry closing


Hilltop Acres Poultry of Bloomingdale is closing after 48 years in business.

Don Reist
Founded by Karen Reist and her late husband, Don, it became one of the top attractions at the St. Jacobs Farmers Market and continued to draw clients to the farm after they relatively recently left the market.

They were famous for fresh chicken and turkey and some processed products, such as turkey sausage.

For a time they sold turkey eggs which were difficult to source anywhere else.

They said on their website that there mission is to strive to provide the freshest meat and poultry products possible to you and your family.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Two more PED outbreaks


Swine Health Ontario reports two more outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.

Both are in finisher barns, one in Middlesex County, the other in Huron County.

That brings the total to a dozen since May 1.

Rabobank sees better pork future



Rabobank predicts supermarkets will again start featuring pork, that production will decline and that prices will slowly begin to recover.

Prices are rising now because supplies are tighter, California has delayed implementing sow housing regulations and has clarified its proposals, Rabobank said.

With weekly slaughter down one per cent from a year ago and carcass weights down by 1.6 per cent, reduced production since late May has helped stabilize prices, it said.

Producers might expect to see a rebound in prices and a gradual decline in feed costs in the near-term, according to Rabobank’s outlook. 

Rabobank expects at least a seven per cent decline in the U.S. sow herd over the next 12 to 18 months will be needed to restore herd profitability.

Additionally, large cold storage pork inventories, up six per cent from a year ago, are expected to decline throughout the remainder of the summer, and pork prices should continue to see improvement in the second half of the year, provided the expectations of lower production and improved consumption and exports are realized. 


Overall, April pork and pork variety meat exports were up 10 per cent in volume and up by seven per cent in value from last year,

China - Hong Kong increased volumes by 26 per cent, South Korea increased by 43 per cent and Mexico grew five per cent.

Japan’s imports declined by two per cent and Colombia’s by 41 per cent.


Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Avian flu quarantine lifted

A quarantine zone in Norfolk County has been lifted.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency imposed the quarantine on April 23 after highly-pathogenic avian influenza infected a commercial poultry operation.

Supermarkets have too much clout: report


The federal Competition Bureau says supermarkets have too much clout and governments ought to encourage entrants to increase competition.

But the Competition Bureau is itself to blame for the situation because it approved Sobey's purchases of Canada Safeway, the Oshawa Group which owned Dutch Boy supermarkets among others, Farm Boy and Longo's, Loblaws purchases of Provigo, T&T Supermarkets, Darrigo's and Shopper's Drug Mart and Metro's purchases of A&P and Steinberg's supermarkets and Jean Coutu and Bruno drug store chains.

Canada's grocery industry now is dominated by Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, WalMart and Costco and consumers end up paying too much for groceries, the report concluded.

It recommends that governments:

  • Establish a Grocery Innovation Strategy aimed at supporting the creation of new types of grocery businesses, specifically ones that only sell online.
  • All levels of government encourage new independent and international players to set up shop in Canada.
  • Mandate harmonized unit pricing, making it easier for consumers to comparison-shop for deals.
  • Limit property controls, which currently restrict how real estate can be used by competing grocers, making it difficult, or even impossible, for new stores to open.

"Change will take time," the bureau said. "These solutions will not bring Canadians' grocery bills down immediately. But by acting now, governments at all levels can take steps toward creating a more competitive grocery industry in Canada."

The House of Commons Agriculture Committee has also been working on a policy that would govern relations between supermarket chains and suppliers who have complained about abusive practices.

Monday, June 26, 2023

Signs for sustainable vineyards

Ontario Agriculture Minister Lisa Thompson participated in a recent event launching a program to place signs on vineyards that comply with sustainability standards.

This signs are available to those who have completed the viticulture sustainability certification process.

The unveiling took place at Niagara-on-the-Lake, with Grape Growers of Ontario chairman

Matthias Oppenlaender and chief executive officer Debbie Zimmerman.

Ontario’s certified sustainable viticulture program covers vineyards and wineries and is verified by independent third-party auditors.

House bans trade concessions for supply management

The House of Commons has passed a bill that would ban the government from making any further trade concessions that would impact supply-managed commodities – milk, eggs, chickens, turkeys and hatching eggs.

The bill still needs Senate approval before it can become law.

What a pile of manure! So all other farmers are left out? Why? 

Essex honours farmers

 Essex County is inviting applications to honour farms that have been in the community for more than 50 years.

Mayor Sherry Bondy said the farms will be designated with plaques and said the program recognizes that an average of nine family farms are gone weekly in Ontario.

"We know that we are losing farmland and family farms, so we wanted to do something to inspire and celebrate the existing family farms we have here," Bondy said.

Bronze plaques will be installed for farms in the family for at least 50 years, silver for at least 75 years, gold for at least 100 years, and platinum for at least 150 years.

Each plaque will be equipped with a scannable QR code with a history of the farm and the family that has operated it.

Bondy said with agriculture the lifeline of the Windsor-Essex economy, it has become vital to preserve the Town's farmland as development continues to creep in.

"Municipalities are facing a lot of pressure to grow, whether it's residential or industrial, and we need to make sure that our farm properties are celebrated and recognized," said Bondy. "Because there's only so much land to go around."

Friday, June 23, 2023

Fifty-four migrant workers gain $7,500 each

The province is on the hook for $405,000 because the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) collected DNA samples from 54 migrant workers in connection with a sexual assault case.

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruled that racism was at play when the OPP collected samples in September, 2013, for DNA testing from all of the black migrant workers in theTillsonburg area.

An Essex County woman said her assailant was black and she thought he was a migrant worker from Jamaica.

A man was convicted.

Advocacy group Justicia 4 Migrant Workers (J4MW) called the outcome a "complete victory" after a long legal battle where it claimed police illegally coerced the workers into providing the DNA samples.

"This is one of the most classic David and Goliath battles. One of the most marginalized communities standing up for their rights," said Chris Ramsaroop, an organizer with J4MW. "[Police] thought they would get away with this carte blanche."

On top of destroying the workers' DNA profiles, provincial police have agreed to seal the investigative file that contains workers' personal information.

The force will also be required to develop a policy to ensure DNA sweeps and future investigations comply with Ontario's Human Rights Code.

"This is very significant. This sets up an important precedent," said Ramsaroop. "This is an important step not just for migrant workers, but addressing privacy rights, workplace rights, surveillance rights and the right for racial justice for all members of our community."

Blackberries on recall

Discovery of Listeria monocytogenes food-poisoning bacteria is responsible for a recall of frozen organic blackberries under the 365 Whole Foods brand name.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the recall was triggered by findings in another nation, but did not indicate whether the berries were imported or exported.

The recall is nation-wide.

Minnema files appeal

Rein Minnema, a gadfly hog producer, has filed an appeal against the Ontario Pork Producers Marketing Board.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal has set July 10 for a public hearing which will be held via video conference.

In recent years Minnema has pushed hard to get another pork packing plant for Ontario which has been chronically short and needing to export weaner pigs and market hogs to the United States or Brandon, Man.

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Bees and grapes get help

The federal and Ontario governments are investing up to $10 million, half each for grape growers and beekeepers.

The money is to offset extraordinary costs caused by significant grapevine and bee

colony losses due to extreme weather conditions in 2021-22.

"Resuming operations after disaster events present extraordinary costs for beekeepers and grape growers," said the federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. "These initiatives will help to mitigate the impacts of these unanticipated occurrences so that these producers can recover and thrive."


This July, eligible Ontario grape growers can apply for financial support under the Canada-

Ontario Grapevine Winter Injury Initiative (2021-2022) to help recover from significant vine

damage and loss.

Vineyards suffered from drought, heavy rains and extreme cold, from summer 2021 to winter 2022. The

initiative will provide funding for up to 70 per cent of the costs of replacing or renewing

grapevines lost or damaged during the defined period.

“These new AgriRecovery initiatives are welcome news for both sectors and will help our

grape growers and beekeepers recover from these extraordinary events that occurred

beyond their control,” said Ontario Agriculture Minister Lisa Thompson.

Supports for beekeepers will offset extraordinary costs caused by abnormal conditions

during the 2021-22 winter, including severe weather and varroa mite damage.

Beginning in July, eligible Ontario beekeepers can apply for financial support through the Canada-Ontario

Overwinter Bee Colony Loss Replacement Initiative (2021-2022) to manage increased bee

colony losses that occurred over the 2021-22 season.

Eligible beekeepers will receive up to

70 per cent of the high cost of purchasing bee colonies to replace those impacted during

the defined time period..

Ukraine may lose grain exports


Russia is 99.9 per cent certain to quit a UN-brokered deal on the safe wartime passage of Black Sea grain next month because it no longer needs Ukrainian ports to export says a senior Ukrainian diplomat.

The United Nations and Turkey brokered the deal last July to help tackle a global food crisis worsened by Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian Black Sea ports.

Moscow has threatened not to extend the agreement beyond July 18 unless a series of demands, including the removal of obstacles to Russian grain and fertiliser exports, are met.

The Black Sea export deal also allows for the safe export of ammonia - an important ingredient in nitrate fertilizer - but none has been shipped under the initiative.

Russia has been pushing for the resumption of ammonia supplies via a pipeline through Ukraine to the Black Sea port of Odesa that has lain idle since last year.

Olha Trofimtseva, Ukraine's foreign ministry ambassador at large, said Russian ammonia producer Uralchem had found an alternative route and does not need to export ammonia via Odesa.

Pesticides to face more scrutiny

The federal is adding Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to its regulatory oversight of pesticides and banning their use for cosmetic purposes on federal government lands.

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has been solely responsible for pesticide regulation at the federal level. Provinces add their own additional restrictions.

But the federal press release, from yesterday, suggests that the environment department will become more involved in pesticide oversight.

“ECCC will generate real-world data to help make progress on this sustainable approach to pesticides management in Canada and to better understand the impacts of pesticides on the environment,” a government news release said.

It said it is implementing the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework with an objective of preserving biodiversity.

That commitment includes “reducing the overall risk from pesticides by at least half by 2030,” the government said.

The statement made it clear that this isn’t about cutting pesticide use in Canada.

“There are many ways to reduce risk that are not correlated to reduction in pesticide use — for example, the timing of application, the effectiveness of a given product, science and other pest management approaches.”

CropLife Canada, which represents pesticide manufacturers, is disappointed with the decision.

“The government’s newly announced plan to ban the cosmetic use of pesticides on federal lands runs in direct contradiction to its own risk-based approach to pesticide regulation,” CropLife said.

California sow crate ban delayed

Pork producers now have until the end of the year to bring their housing up to the California Proposition 12 standards.

A Sacramento County judge’s order blocking enforcement of Prop. 12 had been scheduled to expire July 1, but the state’s ag department agreed that any product spoken for and in production prior to the July 1 deadline would be grandfathered in.

Judge James Arguelles pushed the deadline back to the end of the year for producers to become compliant but added that there would be no more extensions. 

The delay gives Canadians a bit more time to comply, including for weaner pigs, market hogs and pork processed by packers.

The issue is that many U.S. buyers market their pork to California and need to comply.

The regulations, which were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, require a minimum of 24 square feet for sows - enough space to turn around comfortably. 

There are also regulations for laying hens and veal calves.

Cultured meat approved by U.S.


“Meat” that’s grown from cells multiplied in fermentation tanks has now received final approval for production and sale in the United States.

The first step which came earlier this week was approval for labels that describe the products fashioned from these animal, poultry or fish cells.

The second, which came Wednesday, is provision of inspectors from the United States Department of Agriculture to oversee facilities and production processes.

Upside Foods and Good Meat, two companies that make what they call “cultivated chicken,” both received approvals.

Good Meat, which is owned by plant-based egg substitute maker Eat Just, said that production is starting immediately. Cultivated or lab-grown meat is grown in a giant vat, much like what you’d find at a beer brewery.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Canada Bread guilty of price fixing

The owners of Canada Bread have pleaded guilty to price fixing and have been fined $50 million.

Grupo Bimbo bakery of Mexico was not told about the price-fixing when it bought Canada Bread from Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in 2014 for $1.85 billion.

Early on, the Weston Group informed the federal competition regulators about the price-fixing scheme and was granted immunity from prosecution in return for its cooperation.

The competition investigation also involves Weston’s Loblaws and affiliated supermarkets, WalMart, Sobeys and Giant Tiger.

The Weston Group sold its Weston Bakery business after the scandal broke.

Court documents indicate one of the deals led to price increases of 12 to 14 cents a loaf in 2007. There were also price increases in 2011 and they extended beyond bread to hot dog buns and rolls.

Loblaws has compensated clients with $25 gift certificates.

The Competition Bureau opened a broader investigation of supermarkets earlier this year.

Friday, June 16, 2023

Blair Williamson appointed

Blair Williamson, a beef producer from Lambton Shores, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee.

The Committee makes recommendations to the Minister on matters that relate to the implementation of the province's species at risk program, specifically: 

-       the role, in the administration of this Act, of the precautionary principle; 

-       the development and delivery of incentive programs and stewardship programs, including the Species at Risk in Ontario Stewardship Program; 

-       the development and promotion of best management practices related to the protection and recovery of species; the development and delivery of public education and outreach programs; the preparation and implementation of recovery strategies and management plans; 

-       the assembly of scientific information, including community knowledge and aboriginal traditional knowledge, that should be given to the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO) to assist it in the classification of species; 

-       the role of agreements and permits under this Act in assisting in the protection and recovery of species.

New Zealand challenges Canadian dairy policy.



A disputes-settling panel has begun hearings in Ottawa to deal wih a complaint filed by New Zealand that dairy import quota administration frustrates trade.

Canada is responding that New Zealand is misinterpreting trade rules and arguing for the “absurd” in its battle over dairy quotas.

According to the Dairy Association of New Zealand, Canada only allowed eight per cent of its import quota to be filled last year, leading to $55-million in lost market access for New Zealand over the past two years.

It is the first panel hearing under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal signed in 2018 by 11 countries, including Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan and Australia.

The panel’s decision, which is binding, is expected by September.

New Zealand argues in its submission that processors do not have a high demand for imports, leading to “chronic underfill of quotas.” 

Processors also import cheaper products than retailers, who would – if given more quotas – import more expensive goods, such as ice cream and yogurt, the submission says.

New Zealand is arguing that Ottawa’s allocation system is designed to give quotas to the types of Canadian businesses that do not want New Zealand’s imports, while denying imports to those who do have a high demand for the products. 

It contends that Canada is therefore in violation of the rules of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which state that TRQs cannot be “administratively burdensome” and cannot limit quotas available to retailers.

Ottawa says it has the right to place limitations on TRQs and that New Zealand’s argument “sacrifices principled, consistent and credible legal interpretations.”





Gravel pit returned to farming


John Edworthy has won a Judges' Choice Award from the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association for the work he's done at converting about 40 acres of a large gravel pit back to farming.

 "I feel good about it, yes," Edworthy told reporters at a recent awards presentation at this farm near Ayr.

"I hope other people join in and maybe they can win the award," he said.

But the gravel industry is facing strong opposition in other parts of the Waterloo Region, including close to the Edworthy farm in North Dumfries Township, so the awards presentation was kind of like applying lipstick to a pig.

Opponents have said few of the pits have been restored and they have questioned governments’ track record on disciplining the companies.

Even North Dumfries township’s mayor opposes the most recent proposal for a new gravel pit and she noted that it means giving up revenues. It currently garners about $750,000 a year.

Edworthy said that so far, 40 per cent of the gravel pit has been rehabilitated back to its original state. He's been farming on it again for more than five years, but his hope is to rehabilitate the entire pit.

The Ontario Aggregate Resources Act makes it mandatory for aggregate pits to undergo "progressive rehabilitation" as companies extract raw materials. 

That means farmland needs to be restored back to a farmland, and companies must do it as they go along versus waiting until all the aggregate has been extracted.

According to Ontario's interactive pits and quarry map, there are more than 80 aggregate pits in Waterloo region. More than 40 of them are in North Dumfries township.

Another alt-meat company struggling


The value of shares that plant-based alt-meat maker Impossible Foods Inc. offers to employees has plunged since October 2021, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

The current offer is $1.67 per share, a decline of 89 per cent.

The makers of plant protein substitutes for meat have plunged across North America and Europe. On company in the United Kingdom recently collapsed, throwing 50 out of work.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc., which invested heavily to buy two companies and to build a large plant in the United States, recently said its expectations are now diminished to breaking even for the rest of this year.

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Chicken pricing formula challenged

The Association of Ontario Chicken Processors is challenging portions of the formula the Chicken Farmers of Ontario marketing board uses to price chickens.

It wants the surveys used to establish production costs to take into account discounts on feeds, to capture more complete data on third-party labour, to include revenues from the Poultry and Egg on Farm Investment Program and to do a better job of using actual costs.

That’s what it took to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal recently, but on objections by the chicken board, the tribunal ruled it does not have jurisdiction. It said the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission is the appropriate body to deal with the processors’ objections.

Neither the media relations officer for the chicken board nor the executive director of the Association of Ontario Chicken Processors would return phone calls requesting information about the nature of the appeal and its outcome.

The link the tribunal provided to observe the ZOOM meeting public hearing did not work.

The first public information came when thew tribunal posted its decision on-line today.

Light tornadoes in Beachville and Talbotville


Light tornadoes did damage to some buildings and crops in the Talbotville and Beachville communities Wednesday.

The University of Western Ontario team that investigates tornadoes said winds reached as high as 100 kilometres per hour.

Migrant worker social services expand


A program that started in Essex and Kent counties is expanding to Sarnia and Lambton to provide and health and social services to migrant workers, many of them on farms and in greenhouses. 

The North Lambton Community Health Centre will officially launch a program late this month using $240,000 provided by Employment and Social Services Canada.

The TeaMWork Project is under the Migrant Worker Support Program and connects workers with information to access services and supports within the community.

“So we’re hoping to do that by fostering inclusion of migrant workers through social, cultural, educational, and recreational events and provide assistance in accessing services available to support health and wellbeing,” said NLCHC executive director Kathy Bresett.

“We’ve been able to hire two workers, one is a navigator and one is project coordinator, who will help do most of the work and also there are resources to support some of the activities,” she said.

Bresett said there are approximately 700 migrant workers in Sarnia-Lambton, many of whom stay for a two-year period without visiting back home during that time. So there is a need to connect migrant workers with social and physical health partners in the community.

“The health and safety of temporary foreign workers is critical. We’re proud to support the work of organizations like Workforce Windsor-Essex and the North Lambton Community Health Centre,” said Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough. 

“They empower migrant workers, ensuring they know their rights while working in Canada.”