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Being a Temporary Foreign Worker in Canada : Human Rights, Regulations, and Cultural, Social and Economic Experiences

Date and time

2011.03.24, 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM


Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
A4 WORKSHOP | ATELIER (Bilingual | Bilingue) Junior Ballroom D - Level 3 - North Tower | Niveau 3 - Tour Nord

This workshop will address the norms applicable to temporary foreign workers and their rights at a federal level, as well as provincial examples drawn from employment labour standards in British Columbia and Quebec Charter Human Rights and Freedoms. It will also give an insight of farm workers’ lives through an analysis of their cultural, social and economic experiences during the duration of their contracts in Quebec.

Réalité des travailleurs temporaires étrangers au Canada : droits de la personne, règlements et expériences culturelles,
sociales et économiques
Cet atelier analysera les droits et les normes applicables aux travailleurs étrangers temporaires au niveau fédéral de même qu’au niveau provincial, à travers l’exemple des normes relatives au travail en Colombie-Britannique ainsi que la Charte des droits et libertés de la personne au Québec. L’atelier analysera également l’identité des travailleurs agricoles migrants au Québec, à travers une illustration de leurs expériences culturelles, sociales et économiques pendant la durée de leur contrat.

Organizer | Organisateur
Anne-Claire Gayet, McGill University


Sarah Marsden, University of British Columbia
Changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act: The Impact on Low-skilled Workers

Daniel Parrott, University of Victoria
The Relationship Between Temporary Foreign Workers and British Columbia’s Employment Agencies Legislation

Virgilio Ayala, Centre de soutien des travailleurs agricoles de Saint-Eustache, Québec
L’identité du travailleur agricole temporaire au Québec : ses expériences culturelles, sociales et économiques pendant la durée du contrat

Anne-Claire Gayet, McGill University
Le lien fixe des travailleurs agricoles temporaires avec leur employeur : un obstacle à la jouissance du droit à des conditions de travail justes et raisonnables (art. 46 de la Charte des droits et libertés de la personne du Québec)


Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre






Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Other

Content types

Policy analysis

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers, Policymakers, Journalists, Public awareness, Employers, agencies and their representatives, Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Right to unionize, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, Access to permanent status, Family reunification, and Impartial hearing before deportation

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, and Federal


French and English