Temporary Foreign Worker Program and Season Agricultural Worker Program


The federal government confirmed in March that seasonal agricultural workers and temporary foreign workers are exempt from the current travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 situation and can travel to Canada by air or land with some of the stipulations listed below.

However, questions remain about the logistics of getting foreign workers here. Opposition MPs, including myself, have been asking the Government for weeks for definitive details on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker program and Temporary Foreign Worker program.

With planting season upon us, our local farmers need to know with clarity what’s happening.

Here’s what we know currently:

  • All temporary foreign workers must follow this criteria:
    • Confirm with their prearranged employment that the employer is still operating and will honour the employment offer
    • Foreign nationals who are travelling by air will need to pass a health check conducted by airlines before being allow to board
    • Any traveller who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada
    • On arrival in Canada, a traveller’s health will be assessed before they are allowed to leave the port of entry
    • Must isolate for 14 days even if you have no symptoms, this is mandatory    

Also, the latest information from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is on this Q&A page on thier website:


I’ll continue to keep you updated on this issue. As we know more, I’ll keep you updated on this webpage, my social media channels and through farm organizations.


12 hours ago

David Sweet, M.P.

Small businesses are vital – not only to the Canadian economy but our local economy here in Flamborough-Glanbrook and the surrounding Hamilton area. 80% of jobs in this country are made up by small businesses, yet; the Liberal Government has failed to provide adequate support for them throughout COVID-19.

Many of these small businesses have felt the economic repercussions of COVID-19 and critically need government support at this time.

The Canada Emergency Commercial Assistance program (CECRA) put forth by the Liberals was intended to help Canadian small business owners but has become a program that is overly complicated for business owners to navigate through.

CECRA needs to become more flexible – I will continue to do everything in my power to fight to get the small business owners of Flamborough-Glanbrook and the rest of Canada the support the desperately need and deserve.
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So sad that small business that help so many are closing. "Garth Wellness Clinic" and "The Inner You Wellness" have both posted today that they are permanently closed and cannot recover from the financial strain of covid. Two places where I have my treatments/therapies. Such hard times for many and I truly pray the gov't can help individuals during these times.

Today, I was very fortunate to be able to make a statement, in the House of Commons, for Scleroderma Month. Scleroderma Month takes place over the course of June and is intended to raise awareness for the progressive and chronic connective tissue disorder that can attack one’s internal organs.

This month holds a strong personal meaning for me. My mother was diagnosed with Scleroderma and watching her suffer the effects of this awful disorder was one of the most heart-wrenching experiences of my life.

In previous years, this month has included a walk put on by Scleroderma Canada and I have been honoured to participate. Due to COVID-19, this is unable to take place like usual. However, the Scleroderma Society of Canada is planning a virtual event which I encourage everyone to consider contributing.

If you would like to take participate or contribute to the virtrual event, please visit: www.scleroderma.ca/
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Hon.Member Sweet, thank you very much for raising the issue of family reunification at the border today. This is affecting me personally as well as many other families across the US and Canada and we are sincerely grateful you took the time to give us a voice!

Good effort

Today, as a follow-up to their defeat of our motion for the Parliamentary Special Committee to look into the worsening situation in Hong Kong, I asked the Liberal Government why they have yet to condemn the Chinese Communist regime for their attacks on the free people of Hong Kong. I asked them how they can not condemn the CCP while still calling themselves defenders of freedom?

Not only did the Liberals fail once again to condemn the actions of the Chinese Communist party (CCP) but most concerning, they had the Minister of Transport answer by reading what can only be assumed to be talking points. Where was the Minister of Global Affairs? Is this issue that unimportant to them?

I will continue to do everything within my power to stand-up for human rights in China, across the world and to press the Liberals to condemn the CCP aggression against Hong Kongers.
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Thanks for pursuing this. It amazes me how powerless we are to this treason.

Marc Garneau. Once a space cadet always a space cadet.

One country...two systems? Yah right. What a farce.

2 days ago

David Sweet, M.P.

Yesterday afternoon I spoke out in the House of Commons against the flagrant human rights abuses of the Chinese Communist Party -- which are more poignant now as the regime cracks down on Hong Kong. The world just can't stand by as we watch the end of Hong Kong.

For the sake of the 300,000 Canadians in Hong Kong and all who believe in human rights and freedom, self-respecting democracies like Canada must call out the Chinese Communist Party's actions and agenda! Acquiesence and naive words from the Trudeau government are woefully inadequate.

Which is why it's so disappointing that the Liberals and NDP defeated our motion for the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations to act. We will never stop calling out the Chinese Communist Party regime for what it is. We won't stop in this fight.
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People should remember this next time they think of voting liberal or NDP

When will someone start talking about the current abuse of Canadians’ rights and freedoms right now, at this very moment, right here and now? ... focusing on China do much is just another red herring to distract from major domestic problems. Take care of your own house first.

Thank you, David for your standing up to support Human Rights in China.

Hear! hear! Mr David Sweet may you be blessed for your actions and deeds. Thank you for standing on the side of righteousness. Thank you using your position to benefit others lives.

Yet to save money we trade with then openly it's shamefull.

Well said! You will have my vote in the next election.

Those who have lived their entire lives in functioning democracies may find it hard to understand the totalitarian dark side. Thank you for drawing Canadian's attention to Hong Kong. #Hongkongprotest

Thank u so much 🙏🙏 for standing on truth !!

Thanks for speaking up, Mr. Sweet. Thanks for standing with those who fight for freedom! #freedom #falungong https://tv.faluninfo.net/letter-from-masanjia/

Thank you for standing with Hong Kong, MP Sweet. China terminates HK autonomy by breaking agreements in Joint Declaration. National Security Law is most likely be legislated directly by CCP Gov. & oppression will be deepened sharply to HongKoners. HK freedom is on hanged by a thead now.

Thank you for your conviction for justice

Thank you

Thank you so much!!

Bravo 💪💪

Well said!

Dear MP Sweet, I am so touched by your words. You know, since 1949, CCP is keeping destroy traditional Chinese culture, killed Chinese who have any believing until now. Thanks again for your SUPPORT!

Thank you 🙏🏼

In the name of 'profit' and 'progress', many choose to turn a blind eye to CCP's atrocities against humanity. Thank you David. You speak the truth and your righteous stand against that evil regime at this critical time will be remembered.

MP Sweet, thank you for speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party and the evil atrocities they have committed. Thank you for standing with justice and humanity. We must hold the CCP accountable for their disregard for human life and liberty.

Thanks David, Stay strong 💪 HK!!!

Great presentation, David. Thank you for speaking out for all Chinese suffering under the CCP's tyranny and for Canadians who cares about human rights and justice. CCP's history is one written by deception, tyranny, massacre, and terror. Canada must understand that CCP is evil and standing up to the CCP is for ourselves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXDS2SqLB5k&list=PLFZ9Q6hV6p6EWdzWCIwRN1FT7rksL59JY&index=1

Thank you so much sir. We are very glad that how great leaders in Canada 🇨🇦. Appreciate you all and God bless you all.


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