Program planned to help Syrian refugees work in agriculture

By Stephen Petrick, Inside Belleville

Quinte United Immigration Services is getting ready to be part of a pilot program intended to help Syrian refugees find work in agriculture. The program is being hailed as a great way to help new Canadians find employment and contribute to an industry where there’s a demand for workers.

“It is estimated that 45 per cent of government assisted refugees in Ontario have an agricultural background from the time they lived in Syria,” said a QUIS media release to announce the program.

The program will be called Farmers Feed the World. It’s will be run with support and information from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs.

An official announcement on the program is expected to take place on Friday, Aug. 26 at the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre in Colborne (Ontario).

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