MIGRANT DREAMS

A powerful feature documentary by multiple award-winning director Min Sook Lee (El Contrato, Hogtown, Tiger Spirit) and Emmy award-winning producer Lisa Valencia-Svensson (Herman’s House), tells the undertold story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers. Under the rules of Canada’s migrant labour program, low wage migrants are tied to one employer. 

Resources


ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

CBC Radio Ottawa Morning (Sep 2016)
Migrant workers (interview)

Rabble.ca (Sep 2016)
Migrant farm workers demanding justice from Ottawa

Huffington Post (Sep 2016)
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Deserve Right to Call Canada Home

NOW Magazine (Sep 2016)
Migrant workers say they're Canada's "modern day slaves"

Ottawa Citizen (Sep 2016)
Liew: Let's make real reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

OurWindsor.ca (Sep 2016)
Migrant workers caravan hits Toronto en route to Parliament Hill

Calgary Herald (Sep 2016)
A Special Six-Part Report - Workers Without Borders: Immigration and Canada's Economy

Calgary Herald (Sep 2016)
Editorial: Let's treat temporary foreign workers better

Vancouver Sun (Sep 2016)
Opinion: Employers exploit temporary foreign workers as cheap labour for tough jobs

Metro News (Sep 2016)
Toronto migrant advocates say parliament's temporary foreign workers reforms don't go far enough

Globe & Mail (Sep 2016)
Migrant Farmworkers Deserve Better from Canada

Cagary Herald (Sep 2016)
Review of Temporary Foreign Worker Program released amid controversy

The Tyee (Sep 2016)
Give Employers Faster Access to Temporary Foreign Workers, Says Ottawa Report

CIC NEws (Sep 2016)
Parliamentary Committee Recommends 21 Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Metcalf Foundation (Sep 2016)
Gabriel's Story: How the TFWP Impacts Canada's Migrant Workers

Briarpatch Magazine (Feb 2016)
The Cost of Managed Migration

National Post (Jan 2016)
Migrant farm workers call for permanent residency, ability to bring families to Canada

Socialist Project (Jul 2014)
Mobilizing Temporary Migrant Workers: A Compendium of Forms & Preliminary Discussion 

Reports

Canada's Choice: Decent work or entrenched exploitation for Canada’s migrant workers? 
by Fay Faraday, Metcalf Foundation

Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity
by Fay Faraday, Metcalf Foundation

Permanently Temporary: Agricultural Migrant Workers and Their Integration in Canada
by Jenna Hennebry, IRPP

Profiting From the Precarious: How Recruitment Practices Exploit Migrant Workers
by Fay Faraday, Metcalf Foundation

Home Economics: Nationalism & The Making of ‘Migrant Workers’ in Canada
by Nandita Sharma

Migrant Workers: Precarious and Unsupported - A Canada Wide Study on Access to services for Migrant Workers
CCR

ORGANIZATIONS

Justicia for Migrant Workers
J4MW is a volunteer run political non-profit collective comprised of labour activists, educators, researchers, students and youth of colour based in Toronto, Ontario, and in Vancouver, British Columbia. J4MW provides political and legal advocacy and support for migrant farm workers.  
Justicia for Migrant Workers
c/o Workers Action Centre
720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 223
Toronto, ON M5S 2T9
Email: j4mw.on@gmail.com
http://www.justicia4migrantworkers.org/

Harvesting Freedom
The year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the migrant farmworker program in Canada. Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) will be marking this year with the Harvesting Freedom Campaign, a call on the Canadian government to finally allow migrant farm workers in Canada to access Permanent Immigration Status. The Campaign starts in January of the 50th year of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers program and will include a Pilgrimage from Leamington to Ottawa in time for Thanksgiving season on October 2nd and 3rd, 2016. The Pilgrimage will highlight the reliance on farm workers across its route as it crosses Southern Ontario and will culminate with a clear message to the Federal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Justice is 50 years overdue.

Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada
We are organizations of migrant workers from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, PEI and Quebec joining forces to create the Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights – Canada(CMWRC).  Launched in October 2015, CMWRC is a unified voice of migrant workers in Canada. Our aim is simple: to re-build the immigration system to ensure basic dignity and fairness for everyone.

Niagara Migrant Workers Interest Group (NMWIG)
NMWIG is a group of Niagara region organizations, service providers and community members that provides services and organizes events for migrant farm workers in the region. NMWIG organizes a yearly health fair in Virgil Ontario. http://nmwig.blogspot.ca/

Jane Andres
Jane Andres is a member of Niagara Migrant Workers Interest Group and organizer of the annual Workers Welcome Concert in Niagara on the Lake. Her goal is to create a more inclusive community for migrant workers through the Welcoming Communities program with MCC and networking with local churches, service groups.
Contact info:
Tel:905 468 0408
Email:jandres@niagara.com

El Sembrador
El Sembrador is a group of English and Spanish speaking parishioners from St. Elizabeth Seton, St. John Chrysostom and Holy Martyrs of Japan Parishes whose mission is to provide both spiritual and social support to the Mexican migrant farm workers who arrive to work in the Holland Marsh area each year.

Holy Martyrs of Japan Church
167 Essa Street
Bradford, Ontario L3Z 2B6
Tel: 905 775 2065
Email: elsembrador.hmoj@gmail.com

Waterloo Migrant Worker Interest Group (WMWIG)
WRMWIG is a network of groups and individuals with the aim of creating a more inclusive and just Waterloo Region for the temporary migrants who live and work in the region.
Email: wrmwig@gmail.com

Fuerza/Puwersa-Guelph
Fuerza/Puwersa is a volunteer-run group based in Guelph Ontario that has experience working in various regions with migrant farm worker communities, partnering with local organizations and service providers to aid migrant farm workers access health support and services. This group has developed health related workshops for migrant farm workers, and also provides transportation, translation, and advocacy support.
Email: Fuerza.Puwersa@gmail.com

Agricultural Workers Alliance
The Agricultural Workers Alliance (AWA), funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), has ten migrant worker support centers throughout Canada. They offer services such as translation (English/French/Spanish), support with WSIB claims and other benefit programs, transportation to medical appointments, as well as political and legal advocacy for migrant farm workers.
Toll Free: 1 877 778 7565
Emergency phone number for farm workers: 416 579 9232
Numbers for the exclusive use of farm workers while in Jamaica and Mexico:
Jamaica: 1 877 344 3472
Mexico: 01 800 681 1591
http://awa-ata.ca/en/

Enlace Community Link
Enlace is a Toronto based group, principally comprised of Mexican-Canadians, which organizes events and supports migrant workers in various communities.
Emergency telephone number for migrant workers: 1 866 4ENLACE (1 866 436 5223)

Asian Community AIDS Services
ACAS is a Toronto based organization that does programming with and provides support for Asian migrant workers in various communities.
260 Spadina Ave, Suite 410 (Dundas & Spadina)
Tel: 416 963 4300
Fax: 416 963 4371
Toll-Free Numbers: 1 877 630 2227 or 1 877 644 2227
Email: info@acas.org

Migrant Worker Health
Drawing on a decade of research, clinical and legal encounters with migrant workers, the aim of the Migrant Worker Health Project is to provide evidence-based educational initiatives that describe these barriers to healthcare and service providers, and facilitate collaborative identification of strategies to increase these workers' access to healthcare services and workers' compensation, or WSIB.  This Project was funded by a research grant provided by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (Ontario).
http://www.migrantworkerhealth.ca/AboutUsGeneral.html


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