Not all Occupational Health and Safety is Created Equal: The Case of Mexican Migrant Farm Workers in Ontario

By Omar C. Bourouh and Brian Bacchus.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The context and nature of work of migrant farm workers in Canada render the question of occupational health and safety hazards a pressing issue of social inequality and social justice. Studies have shown that migrant agricultural workers in North America remain disproportionately at a disadvantage when it comes to occupational health and safety conditions. This paper discusses occupational health and safety issues and the conditions of work of Mexican migrant farm workers in Southwestern Ontario under the Canadian federal government Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP). We argue that the occupational health and safety problems of Mexican farm workers in Ontario are due to workers’ perceptions of their jobs and the economics of employing foreign seasonal farm workers in the globalized economy.

Keywords: Migrant Workers, Mexican Agricultural Workers, Occupational Health and Safety, Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 9, pp.191-200. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.208MB).

Dr. Omar C. Bourouh

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Columbia Basin College, Pasco, Washington, USA

Dr. Omar Chaoura Bourouh teaches sociology at Columbia Basin College, Pasco, Washington, U.S.A. Dr. Bourouh’s research interests include migration, work, and ethnicity.

Brian Bacchus

School of Social Work, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Brian Bacchus is a graduate student in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. He is currently conducting research in the areas of occupational and environmental health sciences in the U.S. and Canada.


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