Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2017 Regional Award Winner


Quinte Immigration Services, Hastings County

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MPP Lou Rinaldi and Orlando Ferro

MPP Lou Rinaldi and Orlando Ferro

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match! In April, the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in Belleville was abuzz as skilled refugees connected with prospective agricultural employers. The event was part of Quinte Immigration Services' Farmers Feed the World program: a one-of-a-kind initiative aimed at supporting Syrian refugees with specific skills and interests in the agri-food sector. The mutually beneficial approach provides job opportunities for Syrian refugees and helps fill agricultural labour shortages. It also serves as an effective way to encourage newcomers to settle in rural Ontario, and help boost populations in local communities beyond urban centres. So far, 90 of the 150 participating refugees have found employment through the program, and its success has motivated five other regions across Ontario to replicate the model.

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