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March 20, 2020
Articles

Canada’s unions say marginalized workers must not be forgotten during pandemic

Canada’s unions are marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by calling on the federal government to protect the rights of marginalized workers and refugees as part of its COVID-19 response. Migrant workers, undocumented people, people living on low-incomes, international students, racialized workers and refugees are particularly vulnerable to the health fallout of the current pandemic, as…
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January 3, 2020
Articles

Permanent Residence for “Out-of-Status” Construction Workers in the GTA

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is proud to be working with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to implement a temporary initiative that will help 500 out-of-status construction workers find a pathway to permanent residence that will end the insecure nature of their employment and immigration status. Out-of-status workers are people who have come to Canada with valid temporary residence…
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July 12, 2019
Media Releases

Canada’s unions applaud pilot project offering greater protection to migrant workers

Canada’s unions welcome a new three-year agri-food pilot program which will provide an additional 2,750 permanent residency opportunities for temporary foreign workers engaged in the sector, particularly in the meat industry. The proposed program, announced today by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, is open to full-time non-seasonal agricultural migrant workers and will help give them a pathway to permanent residency. “The…
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December 20, 2018
issues

Better Pay and Benefits

When working people join together in unions to bargain for better wages and benefits, we help create a more just, prosperous and equitable society.
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October 5, 2017
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October 7 is the World Day for Decent Work

October 7, 2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of the World Day for Decent Work, a day when unions around the world unite in action for decent work. What is “decent work”? Access for all workers to quality jobs, dignity, equality, and safe working conditions. Putting workers at the centre of development and giving them a voice in what they do.…
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December 9, 2016
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Canada’s unions release migrant worker video to mark Human Rights Day

To mark Human Rights Day, Canada’s unions released a new video to raise awareness of the human rights issues faced by migrant workers in our country. The video tells the story of an agricultural worker who must leave her home and family behind to work long hours in isolated and dangerous conditions – a situation faced by many migrants entering…
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September 23, 2016
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Committee recommendations fall short for migrant workers

On September 19 the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) tabled their report on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Overall, HUMA released a pro-business, pro-employer report with few positive concrete recommendations for Canadian and migrant workers.  “This report recommends expanding the temporary foreign worker program, and making it…
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July 6, 2015
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Don’t touch it if you can’t fix it – Live-in Caregiver Program

Late last year, the government announced they were going to make some changes to the Caregiver Program that is part of the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program.  They added a mix of lower-skilled and higher-skilled categories for workers: Caregivers for children under 18 years of age that has lower skilled positions such as babysitters, nannies, and parent’s helpers. Caregivers for…
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June 16, 2015
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International Domestic Workers Day

International Domestic Workers Day, June 16, celebrates the 2011 passage of the International Labour Organization’s Convention 189 for Decent Work for Domestic Workers. The Canadian Labour Congress joined with global unions and domestic workers from around the world to champion this international law for domestic workers. The Convention represented an historic step forward towards domestic work being recognized as work…
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March 23, 2015
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Temporary Foreign Workers: the revolving door

They come to Canada to fill jobs that employers cannot find Canadians to fill, they work, pay taxes, contribute to CPP and they put back into the local economy.  These are Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW). The TFW program has existed for years.  But now the government has announced it will impose a four year limit on the cumulative duration…
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