Migrant Workers Canada

2013 Immigration Changes and Victories in Canada

Syed Hussan | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada
Syed Hussan

While Harper lies to the media, Ministers Kenney and Alexander are out touting the next wave of destructive immigration changes. Now is a good time to look back and reflect on what changed in immigration in 2013, and the ways that migrant justice activists fought back.

Warrantless Inspections Are Long Overdue

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

The federal government announced recently that they would be conducting more stringent and warrantless inspections of workplaces in order to crack down on human rights abuses and illegal practices. This news comes after years of scathing criticism of the human rights abuses within the Temporary Foreign Worker program.

On Immigration, Provinces Should Follow Alberta

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Alberta
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Alberta recently announced on June 20, 2013, that temporary foreign workers who have been employed within Canada for a minimum of two years are eligible to self-nominate themselves for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.

Ontario Farm Fined $23,500 For Calling Workers 'Monkeys'

The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO — A St. Lucian migrant worker who was called "a monkey" while working at a farm in Ontario and fired after he complained about it has been a...

One Migrant Worker's Story Is Canada's Story

Min Sook Lee | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada
Min Sook Lee

2012-11-22-whypovertybanner.jpg Ten years ago I made a documentary about migrant agricultural workers in Canada, El Contrato. I am interested in the story of workers and migration because I come from a working class family and my life has been fundamentally shaped by migration. This is the story of how immigration to Canada is racialized and classed.

"I Am Here in Canada and I Am Treated like a Dog"

Syed Hussan | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Syed Hussan

The Canada Border Services Agency just announced that it had deported 16,511 people in 2011-2012, dubbing it a "milestone year." Every year tens of thousands of migrant workers are coerced to leave after getting hurt on the job or because their work permits are revoked or have been completed. This is euphemistically called "repatriations." Canada is implementing a revolving door immigration policy, with high deportations and a shift to migrant work. It is clear to see who is paying the cost of these policies. Are we okay with this? It's time we slow this down.

Worker Exploitation Is Not Just a Chinese Problem

Syed Hussan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Syed Hussan

If you've been following all the flare-up in British Columbia in the last few weeks about migrant workers from China coming to work in B.C.'s coal mines you'd think that migrant workers being charged recruitment fees is something that's never been done before. Fact of the matter is that charging recruitment fees is not just a "Chinese" problem; it is a home grown Canadian one.

Rachel Mendleson

Systemic Exploitation Of Migrant Workers A 'Made-In-Canada Problem'

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada Business

They pick our fruit, care for our children and wash dishes in our restaurants. But without an adequate legal framework in place to protect their r...

Massive Van Crash Highlights Plight Of Canada's Migrant Workers

CP | Posted 02.07.2012 | Canada Business

TORONTO -- A horrendous crash that killed 10 migrant farm workers and a truck driver in rural Ontario is raising concerns about labour rights and safe...

Miracle That Anyone Survived Crash: Police

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2012 | Canada

HAMPSTEAD, Ont. - Emergency officials in rural southwestern Ontario describe the scene of a devastating crash that killed 10 migrant workers and a tru...