Jamaican farm worker dies in Canada

Minister with responsibility for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Karl Samuda, addresses the media at the Ministry's annual Back-to-School Press Conference, held at the Ministry, National Heroes Circle, on Thursday (August 29). (Photo: JIS)

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has confirmed the death of 57-year-old farm worker Logan Grant of St James, who died in Canada yesterday.

According to the ministry, Grant was among a batch of workers who departed for Canada on March 5, 2021.  

”As is required by the Government of Canada, Mr Grant tested negative for COVID-19 prior to departing Jamaica,” the ministry said in a statement.

”It is understood that Mr Grant fell ill on Saturday and was taken to hospital by paramedics where he died approximately three hours later. The cause of death is being investigated. There is no suspicion of foul play,” it added. 

In the meantime, Labour Minister Karl Samuda and Permanent Secretary Colette Roberts Risden have extended their condolences to Grant’s immediate family, close friends and his employer.

Risden also indicated that the ministry’s social worker visited with the family this morning. 

“The ministry stands ready to provide support to the family and will be working to have his body flown back to Jamaica,” the statement noted.