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Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Program
Fruit and vegetable farmers in particular rely on many people to help them plant, manage and harvest their crops when there are no machines to do these jobs. Since 1966, workers have been coming from Mexico, Jamaica and countries in the Eastern Caribbean to work on Canadian fruit and vegetable farms through the Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Program (SAWP). It's a perfect match between Canadian farmers who have plenty of seasonal jobs available and not enough workers to fill them and workers from countries where there's a shortage of employment.