Eighty more Jamaicans have gone to Canada on the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP). Most of the workers have gone on the Canada programme before and will be deployed mainly to Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson, encouraged the workers to be good ambassadors for Jamaica. Speaking at a send-off ceremony held at the Ministry of Labour’s Overseas Employment Services Centre in downtown Kingston on Friday, August 3, Mrs Robinson said: “Ensure that you conduct yourselves in an acceptable manner, both on and off the job, and be your brother’s keeper.”
She encouraged them to perform their duties to the best of their ability.
Mrs. Robinson further encouraged them to work hard, distinguish themselves, and ensure that they comply with the terms of their contract, and to make their family and country proud.
High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica, Laurie Peters, said the programme has been a success for both Jamaica and for Canada, “because it means such a boost to the livelihoods of Canadian farmers and Jamaican workers and, in fact, our economies”.
According to JIS, the SAWP, which is part of the Ministry’s Overseas Employment Programme, involves contractual agricultural workers who are recruited to meet the short-term demand of manual labour during planting and harvesting seasons.