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Windsor-Essex farms asked to suspend foreign worker arrivals


January 13, 2022
By Greenhouse Canada

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Operators in Windsor-Essex County, Ont. have been asked to cancel, suspend or postpone the arrival of temporary foreign workers.

In a letter issued Jan. 11, the region’s public health unit released these instructions, effective between Jan 13 to Feb 1, 2022.  The health unit says they are “currently experiencing a significant number of outbreaks at agricultural enterprises within the health unit.”

“The community does not have sufficient resources to manage the required self-isolation programs; …the healthcare system overall, and local healthcare system, have limited capacity to manage the surge occurring with the introduction of the Omicron variant.”

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Meanwhile, the federal government is allowing the entry of unvaccinated or partially vaccinated agricultural temporary foreign workers into Canada. Testing and quarantine measures remain in place.


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