Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) working at Conestoga Meats, a meat packing facility in Kitchener, Ontario (100 kms west of Toronto) are facing a second COVID-19 outbreak.
There have been 85 identified cases associated with the COVID-19 outbreak at Conestoga Meats, several of whom are OFWs working as meat packers.
This is the second COVID-19 outbreak at the same facility, which saw more than 90 cases in early May 2020.
Conestoga Meats has been hiring OFWs from the Philippines through recruitment agencies licensed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
Some of the affected OFWs have recently travelled from the Philippines.
OFWs are part of a very short list of travellers being allowed to enter Canada under existing travel restrictions.
The Region of Waterloo Public Health is working closely with Conestoga Meats to put additional measures in place.
Many of the workers at the meat packing facility live in shared housing, and often travel to work using the same vehicle.
Community groups are supporting the affected workers by providing them with care packages, in addition to the support being given to them by their Canadian employer.
Several POEA-licensed recruitment agencies offer positions similar to the jobs for OFWs at Conestoga Meats. Click here to see the complete, up-to-date list of POEA recruitment agencies with jobs for OFWs in Canada.
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