KAIROS Canada has been awarded $2.18 million in Canadian government funds to support temporary foreign workers in the agricultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This project targets the Maritimes and Ontario and will end on June 30, 2021.
The project's key components are information sharing, and capacity building to provide access to resources and services for temporary foreign workers.
Through government information resources, tutorials, workshops and webinars, temporary foreign workers will learn about health and safety precautions related to COVID-19, and the proper and effective use of personal protective equipment, hygiene and sanitation, and other related public health protocols.
The funding will strengthen network capacity to accompany workers in accessing services and benefits (including medical), exercising their rights, and receiving direct services and emergency assistance. KAIROS and partners will also identify any service gaps that need filling.
Partner organizations are Cooper Institute in PEI, Filipino-Canadian Community of New Brunswick (FCNB), No One Is Illegal - Halifax; and in Ontario: The Neighbourhood Organization (TNO), Durham Region Migrant Workers Ministry, Center for Migrant Workers Solidarity in Simcoe. Collaboration with additional community organizations and service providing agencies in these regions is anticipated.
KAIROS is a social justice organization that includes 10 Canadian churches and religious organizations. The organization includes Indigenous, settlers and newcomers in Canada working with people of faith or conscience all over the world for ecological justice and human rights.
Source: Kairos Canada February 17, 2021 news release