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Annual open house in Virgil - August 2009

Date and time

2009.08.01, 8:14 AM


Heavy rain and thunderstorms were not enough to stop more than 250 workers from attending the annual open house held by UFCW Canada and the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) recently in Virgil, Ont.
At the event, workers participated in different workshops covering topics such as worker compensation claims, health-and-safety, and sexual abuse on the job.
A volunteer from the Oc­cupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) provided free medical consulta­tion for workers. During the workshops, par­ticipating workers had the chance to win raffles and prizes, and everyone enjoyed a spread of delicious Mexican and Jamaican food.Ingrid Zea, coordinator of the AWA’s Virgil centre (one of nine across Canada), was happy that many workers took the opportunity to participate in the different workshops and partake in the festivities.
“It brings great pleasure to see these workers enjoy themselves,” she says. “It’s the least we can do when they leave their homes and families for so long to provide the fruits and vegetables we eat at our tables.”
The open house was organized in conjunction with the group ENLACE, a grassroots organization of workers helping workers. Also on hand were several community members, volunteers, and other groups, who provided support and as­sistance for the event.


Agricultural Workers Alliance Centre - Virgil


PO Box 904





Postal code

L0S 1T0



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Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Content types

Policy analysis

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Right to unionize, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, Newcomers integration programs, Health care & social services, Access to permanent status, Free employment services, Family reunification, Legal aid, Employment insurance, Social security, Remittances and co-development programs, Trips abroad and re-entries, Recrutement / placement agencies, Housing standards, Migration expenses reimbursement mechanisms, Impartial hearing before deportation, Status regularization procedures, Determination fair wages and labour shortage, (Im)migrant workers selection criteria, Right to equality (gender), Right to equality (national origin), Right to equality (social status), Right to liberty, Right to dignity, and Right to privacy

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