OECS Director General’s update on The Canada-Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme

Press Statement by the OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules

The Canada-Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme has been in existence for about 50 years and is a notable example of cooperation between participating Caribbean countries and Canada.  Over the years hundreds of farm workers from OECS communities have travelled to Canada and have engaged in gainful employment on farms across Canada.

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2 Comments

  1. Indentured
    September 28, 2022

    Indentured servants: Free or cheap labor, Canadian and American modern day slaves. Sick sh*t done to the poor people.

  2. Ibo France
    September 26, 2022

    “This program is gainful employment on farms across Canada” This is a euphemism.

    An acquaintance told me that he went on this program for one year, and solemnly promised never again. He said those imported workers (himself included) picked apples all day on the farm, were not permitted to leave the farm, and only the few Caucasian workers were permitted to drive the vehicles that collected and transported the apples.

    He said he was reminded of field slaves he learnt about in primary school and the white overseers on the sugar plantation.

    Only the back-breaking, menial work that native Canadians refuse to do is good enough for our people.

    He stated that as difficult as it was, some Caribbean workers managed to escape from the farm and blended in the general population.

    This article was most likely published to deflect the bad publicity, in recent times, that this program received from the personal experiences of many Jamaican farm workers.

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