When the world shut down in March 2020, Canada quickly realized it couldn’t shut travel down completely.
Only days after the borders were closed, the government reversed course for one group of people: migrant farm workers. Despite fears over a new and unknown virus, the labour those workers provided was too important.
“There is an awareness now. Migrant farmworkers ring a bell. So, if you speak to a common Canadian in the street today, when you say migrant farm worker, they know about it now,” said Antonio Illas, director of the Migrant Farm Workers Project, which helps provide food, health care and clothing to the workers who come to Niagara.