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Working Conditions in British Columbia’s Horticulture Industry: Contrasting Mexican and Indo-Canadian Workers




Christina Hanson, Gerardo Otero, and Kerry Preibisch


The horticulture industry in British Columbia has long depended on the work of
immigrant Indo-Canadians. In 2004 however, the province joined the federal Seasonal
Agricultural Workers Program, which brings workers from Mexico and the Caribbean to
Canada on a temporary basis, for a maximum of 8 months per year. This paper will
present some initial findings on how citizenship status and linguistic and cultural
differences may contribute to farm workers’ experiences of occupational health and
safety on BC farms.

Conference name

2006 Meetings of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Content types

Policy analysis and Documented cases of abuse

Target groups

Journalists, Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, Newcomers integration programs, Health care & social services, Access to permanent status, Family reunification, Legal aid, Employment insurance, Social security, Right to equality (national origin), Right to liberty, and Right to dignity

Geographical focuses

México and British Columbia

Spheres of activity

Cultural and ethnic studies and Sociology