The Labourer-Teacher program (L-T for short) is the original literacy program of Frontier College. Over the last 110 years, we have recruited, trained and sent Labourer-Teachers to work and teach across Canada. They have worked on rail gangs, in lumber and mining camps, in prisons, in urban factories and in remote communities.
Currently, our Labourer-Teachers are placed in agricultural settings: on farms and processing plants in Southwestern and Central Ontario. Here they do the same heavy labour jobs as the other workers. In peak season this can mean 12 hours per day, 6-7 days per week. For this work, Labourer-Teachers are paid the same as their co-workers – usually the minimum wage in Ontario for farm labour.
In addition to the physical work, Labourer-Teachers volunteer their time to provide educational and recreational opportunities for their co-workers. These activities are determined by the interests of people in their workplace. For example, a Labourer-Teacher might:
Help workers upgrade their English skills
Instruct workers on the use of the computer
Organize special events – a movie night, sporting event, travel to a tourist sight
Give out information about workplace safety and procedures
Provide peer counselling, mediation and contact with outside agencies such as doctors, dentists, hospitals, banks
Read more about our Second Century Labourer-Teacher project (PDF 379 KB)
More information about the Labourer-Teacher program (PDF 1.4 MB)
Labourer-Teacher job description and application form
If you are a grower in the Ontario area and are interested in learning more about the Labourer Teacher program, please contact Janine Wass at 519-495-2944 or email@example.com.