From The Guardian, March 24, 2020 – The Government of Canada has agreed to exemptions in air travel restrictions so that temporary foreign workers (TFWs) can come to Canada to work in the seafood and agri-food sectors.
“At least 30 per cent of the workforce is temporary foreign workers,” says Jerry Gavin, Executive Director of the PEI Seafood Processors Association.
Not having access to those workers, he said, would threaten the operation of the seafood processing plants in P.E.I. and across Atlantic Canada.
Temporary Foreign workers will be screened in their home country and will not be permitted to board a plane if they exhibit symptoms of the virus. They also must self-isolate in Canada for two weeks before beginning their employment.
Egmont MP Bobby Morrissey says many students work in the fish plants, which helps them qualify for employment insurance to help fund their university education. He agrees with Gavin that the TFWs help prop up the production level of the plants, which helps secure jobs for Islanders, including students.
For the full story, visit https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/local/temporary-foreign-workers-will-be-allowed-into-canada-428460/