The County of Brant Welcomes Migrant Farm Workers

County of Brant, ON – The County of Brant welcomes migrant farm workers back to the
community.
“As the COVID-19 health emergency continues to evolve, migrant farm workers play a critical
role in supporting our food supply,” said Mayor David Bailey. “Every year, many of the same
workers return to our community, supporting our farmers and filling our grocery stores. To many
farmers, these workers are like family as they’ve been returning for the past 25 years. The
migrant farm workers have specialized farming skills and are an asset to our community.”
The federal government has exempted temporary foreign workers, including migrant farm
workers, from some COVID-19 travel restrictions. Approximately 20,000 migrant workers come
to Ontario, supporting our agricultural industry.
The Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) has taken a proactive approach and has issued a
number of requirements to ensure the safety of workers and the community. Included in the list
of requirements is a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days, an isolation, accommodation and
transportation plan and notification to BCHU if a worker becomes sick with symptoms consistent
with COVID-19 at any point during their stay in Canada.
“BCHU recognizes the importance of the temporary farm workers to local farming operations
and the food supply chain,” said Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke, Acting Medical Officer of Health. “Both
farm operators and workers play an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our
community.”
The County of Brant Economic Development team has been working hand-in-hand with the
agricultural community and all pertinent levels of government from the outset of the COVID-19
pandemic to ensure the agricultural sector within Brant is supported, to ensure food security and
to adhere to public health requirements.
For more information, visit www.brant.ca/COVID-19.

The County of Brant Welcomes Migrant Farm Workers

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