Migrant farm worker kneeling in a field looking at the camera

Ryan, Seasonal Agricultural Worker from Trinidad and Tobago

I’ve been coming to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago for about six years. My job entails whatever’s required of me on this vegetable farm. Packing, harvesting – the full works.

I knew of others who had come to Canada to work and they would come back home and build their homes and purchase nicer vehicles and maintain their families better and I thought I’d take that try. I didn’t get through the first time I applied but I got through the second time. My first job was working for eight months on a farm in Alberta.

2020 was complicated due to COVID. First, we had problems getting here. The Trinidad government was not allowing us to leave. And then when it was time to go back home, they wouldn’t allow us to return. By the time we would have been able to get home, the growing season was about to begin again here so we decided to stay all winter. It wasn’t as cold as some people told us it would be. Some people had described winter as this big monster but it passed by OK. It was a nice experience. That’s my second time experiencing snow. My first time was in Alberta.

My son Camden was born on the 26th of November last year and I was in Canada when he was born. This year, I’m hoping to get back home before he turns one year old. I’m really looking forward to that and to playing with that little guy.