As reported by publisher The Western Producer, according to the changes made to the immigration program, about 600 skilled gatherers of mushrooms, came to Canada from overseas, forced to return home. Owners mushroom farms say that the reduction in the number of labor force in the agricultural market of the country adversely affect the mushroom industry, as they complain that they lose their productive and experienced workers. “We have many opportunities to increase the market volume of fresh mushrooms. We have long been able to increase the scale of production, but our Achilles’ heel – labor shortage, “- said Bill Stevens, executive director of the company« Mushrooms Canada ». Usually foreigners working on mushroom farms, who came to Canada as a temporary immigration programs. But now, from April 1, these people have lost their work permits and are forced to leave the country. In Canada, there is a specialized “program seasonal workers in agriculture”, but it may gain currently working except the owners of garden plots because of this program, immigrants come just 8 months and then have to go home. A mushroom crops on farms harvested all year round. Mushroom industry representatives asked for a moratorium on the installation of the deadline to leave the country on April 1, to keep their temporary workers. Bill Stevens says that training gatherer of mushrooms from the ground up takes about six months, so people with experience in the mushroom industry are highly valued in Canada. Due to the fact that experienced mushroom gatherers will leave the country, indicators of the mushroom market in the country may be reduced. The mushroom industry in Canada employs 5,000 people, including 1,000 people – are temporary foreign workers who mostly work gatherers. About 600 of them were forced to go home on April 1. It should be noted that the local population not in a hurry to work on mushroom farms, and this despite the fact that the payment of skilled gatherer of mushrooms can range from $ 15 to $ 20 per hour.
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