Mexico will resume sending staff after deal on higher COVID-19 protections

OTTAWA — The Mexican authorities says it can resume sending farm staff to Canada after securing guarantees for extra inspections and oversight to curb outbreaks of COVID-19.

At the very least two Mexican males have died and lots of extra have fallen sick with COVID-19 in current weeks on farms throughout the nation.

The scenario led Mexico to briefly cease permitting staff to go away for Canada, sending shock waves by means of the agricultural sector, which is very depending on international labour.

However the Mexican authorities says it has now struck a take care of the federal Liberal authorities that may result in enhancements within the non permanent international employee program.

In a press launch late Sunday, Mexico says Canada has dedicated to elevated inspections, in addition to extra assist for Mexican officers and staff to establish and report unsafe working circumstances.

A working group will even be arrange with Mexican and Canadian authorities officers to take care of the problem.

In a letter to Mexico’s ambassador to Canada, despatched Friday, federal employment minister Carla Qualtrough says Canada is dedicated to making sure the security of individuals essential to Canada’s meals safety.

A replica of the letter was obtained by The Canadian Press.

It lays out a few of the detailed choices into account by the federal authorities, together with assessments of farms the place there have been outbreaks to see what directions have to be improved, in addition to elevated inspections on farms the place new clusters of COVID-19 an infection emerge.

The federal authorities additionally guarantees to succeed in out to employers to ensure they’re following all the principles which were put in place to sluggish the unfold of COVID-19 on farms.

“In circumstances of serious non-compliance by employers of non permanent international staff, strict sanctions might be utilized,” the letter says.

A spokesperson for Qualtrough mentioned the federal government had no additional remark and would let the letter communicate for itself.

There are not any timelines hooked up to the Liberal authorities’s commitments, however the letter describes them as “short-term measures,” and guarantees the federal government is exploring different choices.

Of their press launch, the Mexican authorities mentioned they respect that Canada was keen to work with them to search out options, and the deal is proof of the sturdy bilateral relationship between the 2 international locations.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed June 21, 2020.