male migrant worker smiles for the camera while holding potato plants

Jaime, Seasonal Agricultural Worker from Mexico

I come from Chiapas, Mexico. It’s near the Guatemalan border. I’ve been coming to this same farm in Ontario for seven years through the Seasonal Agricultural Worker program.

I was having problems finding a job and wasn’t making much money at home so my wife and I talked about me coming here. We have three daughters. Our twins are 22 and our youngest is 10. I talk to them every day. It’s hard. I miss them but it’s OK because the money I make here supports them. My wife also runs a small store selling clothes and shoes.

Here, I work in the field and help package potatoes. When I’m home, I love fishing and playing a little soccer and baseball.