24.1 C
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Home News Press Release Nineteen Nationals From St Kitts-Nevis Heading To Canada For Seasonal Agricultural Programme

Nineteen Nationals From St Kitts-Nevis Heading To Canada For Seasonal Agricultural Programme

Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): Nineteen nationals from St. Kitts and Nevis are preparing to depart the Federation on Thursday (July 16, 2020) to participate in the Canada/Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (CCSAWP).

The group is comprised of 17 males from St. Kitts and two males from Nevis. On Monday (July 13), the group participated in a very productive briefing session with officials from the Department of Labour. Several areas discussed at the forum held at the NEMA Conference Room included travel arrangements to and from Canada; COVID-19 related protocols; housing arrangements while in Canada, and support systems while there.

Minister of Labour, the Honourable Wendy Phipps, welcomed the decision of the persons who willingly registered to participate in this year’s programme. She said that “the Cabinet looks at this as an opportunity to guarantee employment to some of our citizens.”

“We do thank you for agreeing to participate. We realize that for some of you, it is not an easy decision because while it is an opportunity for you to have employment, it also means separation from your family. But then it also comes at a time when you probably would have made the hard decision that you have to eat, and you have to provide for your family,” Minister Phipps stated.

Protocols are in place to protect the persons against COVID-19. Firstly, all individuals were tested for the coronavirus. Once the results are negative, the individuals will be transported to St. Lucia on Thursday, with assistance from the Regional Security System (RSS). They will then link up with other persons from other territories and eventually proceed to Canada by private flight facilitated by the Canadian government. Each local traveller will be provided with a small supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the St. Kitts-Nevis government. It includes gloves, facemasks and a travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer.

Upon arrival to Canada, the Caribbean workers will be tested for COVID-19, quarantined for 14 days and tested again after, as is the standard in many countries around the world. Minister Phipps encouraged the local participants to cooperate fully with all protocols and guidelines while in Canada. She stressed the importance of wearing facemasks, practising good hand hygiene and social distancing from others as effective ways to protect against COVID-19.

The Minister of Labour stated that the Kittitian and Nevisian workers would not be isolated while away.

“The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis does have [a] diplomatic presence in Canada,” Minister Phipps said, noting that the contact details for the High Commissioner’s office in Ottawa, Ontario will be included in their briefing package.

“In Toronto, there is also a representative for the farmworkers programme, an OECS employee, Mr Olaf Fontenelle, whom you are free to approach if you are in any type of difficulty. And of course, you’re always free to make contact with us here in St. Kitts and Nevis should you require any type of assistance,” the minister added.

Deputy Labour Commissioner Deon Webb noted that the workers would be in Canada for three months with the possibility of extension for one year.

Most Popular

Is Royal Caribbean Cruising Back To St. Kitts?

By Kevon Browne St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): In an article posted on the Cruise Industry News website an estimated start to the deployment of...

Cancer Survivor Praises Jr. Minister of Health Brandy-Williams For Efforts in Fight Against Breast Cancer

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 28, 2020) -- A breast cancer survivor from Nevis who was diagnosed with the disease in 2018 at the age...

Germany To Go Into Circuit-Break Lockdown As Virus Surges

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will impose an emergency month-long lockdown that includes the closure of restaurants, gyms and theatres to reverse a spike in...

Grenada Using JRCC As Part of Due Diligence For CBI Applicants

(Grenada Now) Grenada is one of the Eastern Caribbean islands with the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programmes that are effectively using the Joint Regional...

CFBC Celebrates the Class of 2020 Commencement Modified Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) will host its annual commencement on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. The ceremony has been modified in keeping with the...

Social Security Board Awards Susanna Lee High School Scholarships To 21 Students

By Devonne Cornelius St Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — The St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board awarded 21 students across the federation with the...

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Releases its Anti-Harassment Policy Guidelines for Commonwealth Parliaments

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network has launched its new Anti-Harassment Policy Guidelines to support Parliaments across the Commonwealth in the effort to both...

Bahamas: No VAT on Amazon and eBay Purchases

(Eyewitness News) NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Acting Financial Secretary Marlon Johnson yesterday clarified that goods brought into the country will only be taxed at the...

Hundreds of Bookings Cancelled Since BVI’s Reopening Protocols

(BVI News) Following the government’s recently-announced border reopening protocols, at least one marine taxi company that transports tourists from the neighbouring US Virgin Islands...

Dodgers Beat Rays To Snap 32-Year World Series Drought

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Dodgers ended decades of heartbreak with their first World Series win since 1988 on Tuesday, a 3-1...


Contact a Program
If you are interested in a program or advertising, send us a message.
Send Message
Signup for our Newsletter
We'll only be in touch when we've something exciting to share.
We never share your details
No thanks