Labour Media release

Media Advisory: Virtual event sheds light on how to create a more welcoming community for migrant workers in Nova Scotia’s South Shore

WHEN: Saturday, June 12 @ 7PM

WHERE: See the Facebook event here. This event will be streamed on YouTube Live here or Facebook Live here

WHO: Guest speakers include Felix Muñoz, a Mexican migrant worker who has worked in Lunenburg County and Samuel Jess, a church pastor in rural Lunenburg County.

In Lunenburg County, Mexican migrant workers play an important role in planting and cultivating Christmas trees that are exported throughout the province, country and globally. In this virtual event, we will hear the story of one such migrant worker, Felix Muñoz, and his longstanding friendship with pastor Samuel Jess. They will share insights on how Nova Scotians can build bridges with migrant workers, despite the language barriers that sometimes exist. 

Each year, approximately 2,000 migrant workers arrive in Nova Scotia to plant, harvest, and process agricultural crops and seafood products through Temporary Foreign Worker Programs (TFWPs) such as the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP). Approximately 50,000 to 60,000 migrant workers come to Canada to work in agricultural, food and fish processing each year.

This event is hosted by No one is illegal-Halifax/Kjipuktuk’s Migrant Workers Program with support from KAIROS Canada and the Government of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.