Joint Letter on Temporary Foreign Worker Program and National Commodity List

October 15, 2017
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The seed sector including the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA), Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), and Seed Corn Growers of Ontario (SCGO) drafted a joint letter to the Primary Agriculture team from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) Directorate in order to discuss seed growers’ access to labour and the National Commodity List related to the following areas:

  1. Urgent Priority: Resumed access for seed corn to the Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program, which can be achieved through clarifying interpretation of current rules with Service Canada, to enable SAWP access for the 2018 crop season (seed growers used SAWP with approved LMIAs prior to 2014 TFWP changes);
  2. Ongoing Priority: Retained access for seed canola to the SAWP and its place on the National Commodity List; and
  3. Immediate Priority: Broaden access to the TFWP’s agricultural workforce programming (SAWP and Agricultural Stream) for all seed growers’ primary agriculture processes, for the 2018 crop season.

A copy of the letter can be found here.