At Illuminated By Streets Lamps, I’ve posted a paper about the vulnerability of temporary foreign workers in Canada. Migrant workers are an exploding source of labour in Canada but economic and political rights are not following.
The following points are among my key findings and recommendations for moving to address that problem:
- Between 2003 and 2012, the number of temporary foreign workers admitted to Canada jumped from 102,932 to 213,573 — a difference of 107.5%.
- Inquests are mandatory in Ontario when an on-the-job accident kills a worker employed at “a construction project, mining plant or mine, including a pit or quarry” — but not in the course of agricultural work.
- Effective collective bargaining must be extended to migrant workers by Parliament.
- Public health benefits must be extended to workers injured in the course of their work even after their employment contract expires.
- When an agricultural worker is killed on the job, migrant or not, an inquest must be held.