Migrant Farmworkers Project engages with migrant farmworkers and community partners in the Niagara region. We assist farmworkers, establish beneficial relationships, integrate workers into our community and improve their access to healthcare and other services, as well as spiritual and pastoral care.
Each year over 4,000 migrant farmworkers become our neighbours in the Niagara region for about eight months of the year. Of this, over half are Spanish speakers from Mexico and Central America. The seasonal workers leave their families and countries to come to Canada and work in the vineyards, orchards, farms and greenhouses that bring your Ontario grown produce, flowers and wines.
Migrant Farmworkers Project engages the seasonal farmworkers, farmers, community partners, and volunteers to work together. The Project provides the seasonal workers access to needed services to address their holistic needs including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Migrant Farmworkers Project builds welcoming relationships and spaces with seasonal workers.
Specifically, the Project engages the migrant farmworkers’ community by operating several programs including Bikes for Farmworkers; grocery bag drop-offs, health clinic with translators; clothing bank and welcome kits; as well as spiritual, liturgical and pastoral care in Spanish.
The Project is presently hosted in two parishes: St. Alban’s Beamsville, St. John’s Jordan.
We are all connected.
We need our farms.
- Our food comes from farms.
- Our wineries need the grapes and fruit grown on our farms.
- Our farm equipment industry needs farms.
- Our economy depends on farms.
- Many farms need migrant workers.
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