2019 marked a new record for the number of Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) working in Canadian agriculture. Approximately 64,000 foreign workers arrived to work in a variety of agricultural industries, including seafood-packing plants in the Maritimes, orchards in British Columbia, and cattle ranches on the Prairies. The increasing involvement of TFWs in the Canadian agricultural sector raises important questions during a time of limited international travel and domestic uncertainty around unemployment. Join Robert Falconer as he delves into the numbers and what they mean for Canada, and Canada’s growing agriculture sector.
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About the Speaker:
Robert Falconer is a Research Associate in the Social Policy and Health Research Division of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. His primary focus is immigration and refugee policy, with a recent focus on the inclusion of immigrants and refugees in social, health and economic life of Canada, and the involvement of volunteer groups in resettling refugees. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and a (Hon.) Bachelor of Anthropology from the University of Toronto. He has previously worked directly in the settlement process of immigrants as a frontline work at Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.
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