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Harvesting labourers are trained on the job.
Farm workers including employees, family members and foreign workers must undergo safety training approved by the Ministry of the Environment to handle Class 2 and 3 pesticides under the supervision of a Certified Farmer. There are two training options to become an Assistant: 1) Attend the Grower Pesticide Safety Course (GPSC) or; 2) Attend an on-farm training session held by an Assistant Instructor. No exam is required and Assistants must undergo recertification every five years. Further information is available through the Ontario Pesticide Education Program at the University of Guelph (Ridgetown Campus) website at http://www.opep.ca/index.cfm