Canada is in need of agricultural workers, particularly mushroom pickers, butchers, and oyster harvesters. The mushroom industry of Canada is roughly 900 million Canadian dollars.
An example to this is the bountiful operation of a mushroom farm in Sharon, Ontario, Canada.
This is the reason why OFW Suzette Alcaro was encouraged to migrate to Canada after working as a domestic helper in Hong Kong.
The monthly salary of Alcaro in Canada as a mushroom picker is $3,600 or P150, 000. They are also given free accommodation, transportation, meal allowance and health insurance.
Alcaro also wants to bring her family to Canada. This can actually happen as long as she won’t violate her labor contract.
“Once nanaka-work permit ka as an agricultural worker for one year then ‘yung employer mo may option to apply your OINP o Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program…Isang taon kalang naka work permit puwede kanangi-apply ng PR (permanent resident) status here,” says Lily Miranda Hammer of the A&L Hammer Workforce Management.
There is no required recruitment fee for mushroom pickers but they need to undergo a three-month training that will require them to pay $5,000. This payment is excluded from payments for passport, visa and other necessary documents to work abroad.
College degree is not necessary to become a mushroom picker as long as you are hard-working.
Hammer targets to hire 300 more mushroom pickers to Canada.
They are also looking for applicants who can work in oyster farms and butchers in Canada.
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