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Mobile app lends support to foreign workers


February 15, 2019
By Greenhouse Canada
OGVG via Twitter

There’s a new mobile app for international farm workers in Ontario.

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) has released the HUB Connect app, filled with regional information and contacts to help foreign workers and newcomers navigate rural communities.

Developed in partnership with the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC), the app maps out essential services in the area, including health care providers, community events, transportation, local news and weather, consular information, important contacts and agriculture-specific guidelines.

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“These are courageous people who leave their families and loved ones back in their home countries, come to Canada and help our agricultural sector immensely as this workforce fills a critical employment need when Canadian employees cannot be secured,” notes Joe Sbrocchi, general manager of OGVG on LinkedIn. “This App was developed to assist them in their specific community (their hub), by connecting them to all the services available in their general area, everything from A-Z in the palm of their hand on their smartphones.”

In communications that followed, Sbrocchi adds that “OGVG team members — Justine Taylor and Byron Mellon in particular — have worked seamlessly with the municipalities, CAHRC, and of course, our member greenhouse farmers in the region, to deliver a sustainable model that can be scaled for other areas of Ontario and even the country.”

Currently available in the Kingsville and Leamington regions, OGVG is looking for partners interested in supporting the app in other regions in the future.