SAWP brings 80 more Jamaicans to Canada

Eighty more Jamaicans are gainfully employed in Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP).

The workers have been deployed mainly to Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Speaking at a send-off ceremony in downtown Kingston, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson, encouraged them to be good ambassadors for Jamaica.

She added that the programme represents a long-standing tradition of partnership between Jamaica and Canada and has positively impacted the lives of many Jamaicans, who have used the opportunity to improve their standard of living and that of their families.

High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica, Laurie Peters, also noted that the programme has been a success for both Jamaica and for Canada, “because it means such a boost to the livelihoods of Canadian farmers and Jamaican workers and, in fact, our economies”.

This was the second official send-off ceremony to be held since the start of the year. The first took place in January.

The SAWP is part of the Ministry’s Overseas Employment Programme.

It involves contractual agricultural workers who are recruited to meet the short-term demand of manual labour during planting and harvesting seasons.