Vancouver, Nov. 8 (Notimex).- The Canadian province of British Columbia recognized the contribution of temporary Mexican agricultural workers who work on Canadian farms, as part of the Temporary Agricultural Workers Program (TAWP) that has been in operation since 1974, the Mexican consulate reported in that demarcation.
The Canadian provincial government proclaimed November 6 as the "BC Agriculture Day 2018" and its Agriculture Minister, Lana Popham, recognized the work of Mexican agricultural workers, who come to work every year for three to eight months.
Last year a total of 25 thousand 263 Mexican agricultural workers came to Canada, according to official figures from the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, who worked on nearly two thousand farms in the fields of tomato, apple, grapes, flowers, tobacco and trees.
The recognition of the Mexican day laborers occurred in an act in front of the Parliament in the capital city of Victoria, according to the consulate, adding that the provincial Labor Minister, Harry Bains, highlighted the active work of the consulate in the protection of workers.
The act was attended by the consul Berenice Diaz Ceballos, the coordinator of the TAWP, Hugo Velazquez, who in meetings with the Canadian ministers discussed the proposal of the "Law for Protection of Foreign Workers" which provides for the creation of a compulsory registry for employers and recruiters.
At the initiative of Consul Diaz Ceballos, Minister Bains proposed creating a working group that aims to sign a new labor mobility agreement that includes construction, hospitality and personal care items.