Tamulipas Secretary of Labor María Esthela Chavira Martínez speaks with agricultural workers.

REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — Tamaulipas’ Secretary of Labor and the National Employment Service announced they went beyond their goals with the Mexico-Canada Temporary Agricultural Workers program.

Every year, Canada receives Mexican workers through the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program. The program is coordinated by the Mexican Ministry of Labor and Social Security (STPS). The Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program allows employers to hire temporary foreign workers when Canadians and permanent residents are not available.

These employers can hire TFWs from participating countries for a maximum period of 8 months, between January 1 and December 15, provided they are able to offer the workers a minimum of 240 hours of work within a period of six weeks or less.

From January to July the National Employment Service was able to place 305 Tamaulipas citizens in work centers in Alberta, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan, Tamulipas Secretary of Labor María Esthela Chavira Martínez said.

“Our goal for 2017 was to place 298 people, and serve 310; but by July we had 332 applications, from which we were able to place 305 workers, a success rate of 102.34 percent,” Chavira Martínez said.

During this period of time, the External Labor Mobility team has been able to serve citizens from 24 municipalities. At least 52.78 percent of the workers that went to Canada were residents from Altamira, González and El Mante.

Chavira Martinez explained the provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec registered 88.85 percent of these Mexican workers.

Most of the activity demanded by foreign employers are concentrated in vegetable, fruit and nursery farms, she said.

Personnel from the National Employment Service in Tamaulipas were in charge of the training, where the workers learned how to sign official documents, farm work safety and equality. Around 24.64 percent of the tentative employees got their training from February to April this year, Chavira Martinez said.

It is the Secretary of Labor, through the programs of SNE Tamaulipas, that takes charge of recruiting, selecting and linking job seekers who have work experience in the agricultural sector, with two to eight months of temporary work in Canada. The department also makes sure labor rights are maintained.

Chavira Martinez affirmed that through PTAT, the State of Tamaulipas maintains an orderly, legal and safe temporary work program in Canada, and commits to promote the flow of Mexican temporary workers to foreign countries.