The Award

The Purpose

Niagara Farmers employ 4,000 migrant farm workers each year.

Workers are employed through a formal temporary migration program and come from countries such as Mexico, Jamaica, other Caribbean islands, and Guatemala.

Many of these workers return every year spending most of their working lives in Canada, leaving family in order to provide them a better life.

Unfortunately, most Canadians know almost nothing about the agricultural and economic contributions of migrant workers to our country and our lives.

Migrant workers plant, grow and harvest a large portion of our country's fruit, vegetables, plants, and other agricultural products.

In fact, migrant workers tend to a lot of the vineyards in Niagara and help sustain the region's booming wine industry – which is effectively boosting our local economy.

Canadians need to open their eyes to the hard work and struggles of our nation's migrant workers. It is time Niagara gives back to this forgotten community and give the gift of education to their children.

The Award

An educational fund for adult children of local migrant workers.

The fund will provide these children post-secondary education in the Niagara Region.

A partnership initiative between Brock University and Niagara College as well as St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan and the Niagara Community Foundation. Brock and Niagara College faculty and staff have mobilized in-kind support systems for two appropriate students to attend one of their facilities beginning in the 2012-13 academic year.

The Goal

We are currently embarking on an ambitious fund-raising effort to raise a total of $2,000,000 in order to provide two children of Migrant workers per year a full-scholarship to Brock University or Niagara College.

What is Provided:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Transportation
  • Living Costs

Our Goal is to reach
$2,000,000 to create a
self-sustainaing education award
for two children per year.


of your donation will
directly fund the award.


Help change the lives of local Migrant workers children.

get involved

Join the movement to raise money for the award.

The Migrant Children's award is a broad-based initiative that includes post-secondary educators and students, municipal and business leaders dedicated to enriching the lives of local Migrant workers' children with a life changing Canadian post-secondary education.

Award Goal

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