March 18, 2020 By Fruit & Vegetable magazine (edited)
Update: An earlier interpretation of Public Safety Minister Bill Blair’s statement was called into question and clarified today. Though temporary foreign workers will be allowed entry into Canada after self-isolation for 14 days, this was in reference to the Canada-US border only.
More information will be forthcoming regarding the Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Program and non-US workers as they’re confirmed.
The CBC reported that international students, workers on visas and temporary foreign workers will also be able to enter Canada, with the expectation that they’ll respect the government’s request to self-isolate for 14 days. This was in reference to the Canada-US border.
According to the St. Catharines Standard who spoke with federal sources, “Ottawa needs to finalize negotiations with the United States because most of those workers come from Mexico and Central America and will likely cross American borders to reach Canada.”
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