Labour has a major impact on Canadian fruit and vegetable production. Without an adequate workforce to harvest it, produce rots on the vine resulting in food waste and financial losses. CHC’s Labour Committee is comprised of growers and representatives from grower associations across the country working towards the common goal of an easily accessible and reliable workforce.
Growers search for workers domestically first! When they are unable to find the needed supply at home, they access the Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) through the two two main program streams: the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) and the Agriculture Stream. As challenges arise in utilizing these programs, the Labour Committee and Labour Working Group, work with CHC staff and varied governmental departments including Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Employment and Social Development Canada and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada to remove or lessen obstacles.