Farmworkers from Grenada left the country Thursday morning to begin their six month contracts in Canada, in the midst of the covid 19 pandemic.
Seventeen Grenadians left the Maurice Bishop International Airport Thursday on a chartered flight to Canada as immigrant farm workers.
The workers who were schedule to depart in March, got set back by the world wide pandemic COVID 19, delaying their opportunity to work and provide for their families.
The flight will be making stops in St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and other Caribbean countries to pick up other farmworkers on the islands.
Devon Augustine one of the 17 farm workers leaving Grenada said while they have concerns relating to the Coronavirus they are ready for the trip.
Augustine says it is frightening to be leaving since the time now is quite different. He says they will now have to adhere to certain restrictions and be more safe. they are ready to go.
After being briefed on safety protocols by officials from the Ministry of Labour the workers were checked by a nurse stationed at the airport for any unusual temperature.
Labor commissioner Cyrus Griffth , who was also at the MBIA this morning stated that his ministry has been working along with the government of Canada and the Eastern Caribbean Liaison Service in Toronto to ensure the safety of all workers during their stint.
Griffith says the ministry and the government have been speaking with the ECLS in Canada who are responsible for the workers. should one of them become sick they will be responsible for taking care of them.
Mr. Griffith emphasised that once the workers follow all protocols established by the Canadian government and their employers they will remain COVID free.