Access to locally grown
fruit and vegetables
is at risk.

Stand up for local growers of fruits and vegetables.

Join other Canadians in ensuring locally grown fruits and vegetables remain affordable.

The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program has worked for more than
50 years.

So why is the government making it harder for local growers
to get the workers they need?

Get the facts.

Key Facts:

For a half century growers have invited seasonal workers to help provide the large amounts of labour required to grow fresh local produce.

Canada's unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in 40 years. There are not enough Canadians to meet the annual workforce of 80,000 people required during peak growing season.

Seasonal agricultural workers only visit for up to 8 months during growing season and return to their home countries. They don't stay in Canada. Most don't want to.

Seasonal agricultural workers get paid the same as any Canadian would. They pay taxes, contribue to EI, and are entitled to minimum wage.

Hear from real growers and seasonal workers on how the Seasona Agricultural Workers Program works for them.

The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program has been around for over 50 years. But the federal government is making it harder for local growers to get the workers they need, and operate effectively.

That's putting access to affordable, locally grown fruits and vegetables at risk. Prices for fresh produce could go up, or growers could switch to less labour intensive crops, making imported fruits and vegetables the norm.

Watch our videos.

Without this program, Canadian growers won’t be able to get the workers needed to keep growing local.

Tell the government you support local growers and the program.

Take Action

Take action now to support local growers and workers.

Let your local politician know what you think. Tell them that locally grown fruit and vegetables are important to you, and you support giving growers the help they need to succeed.

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