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Ottawa

National Gathering of Temporary Foreign Workers, Supporters and Advocates to Inform a Federal Bill

Date and time

2012.11.03 to 2012.11.04, 1:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Details

National Gathering of
Temporary Foreign Workers’ Supporters And Advocates to Inform a Federal Bill

Saturday Nov 3 & Sunday Nov 4

120 University Private, University of Ottawa, Ottawa – Room 5028 FSS

MigrantWorkersRights-Canada Network

Which Amendments to the federal regulations could guarantee the issuance of adequate guidelines to the federal officers administrating the temporary foreign worker programs?

PROGRAM

N.B. All presentations will be limited to 15 minutes and followed by a general discussion.

Saturday November 3, 2012

1 PM – Welcoming remarks: MWR-Canada’s federal bill project

I - REGULATING THE ADMISSION OF FOREIGN WORKERS

1 : 15 PM Towards a fair and impartial determination process of labour shortages and work conditions to be offered to workers recruted abroad (Karl Flecker – Canadian Labour Congress)

1 : 45 PM Hard stand on provinces not only for the sex industry : No foreign workers in sectors where the process of collective barganning, the worker’s right to strike or the automatic coverage in case of work accident is excluded from general labour legislation? (Eugénie Depatie-Pelletier, Faculty of Law, University of Montreal)

2 : 15 PM Break

II – REGULATING THE EXERCIZE OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS OF FOREIGN WORKERS

2 : 30 PM The agricultural migrant workers’ labour insecurity : implications for health (Danièle Bélanger, Dept of Sociology, University of Western Ontario, Tanya Basok, Department of Sociology, University of Windsor and Eloy Rivas, Dept of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University)

3 PM The Right to change employer? A necessary multi-level federal reform needed to guarantee the right to physical and psychological integrity for migrant workers (Myriam Dumont-Robillard & Eugénie Depatie-Pelletier, Coalition québécoise pour l’abolition de la discrimination systémique des travailleuses et travailleurs migrants et Association des aides familiales du Québec)

3 : 30 PM Break

3 : 45 PM The Denial of the right to family cohesion for migrant workers: public policy issues (Don Wells, School of Labour studies, McMaster University, Andre Lyn, Peel United Way and Janet McLaughlin, Health Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University)

4 : 15 PM Re-Imagining the Future of the Live-in Caregiver Program (Denise Spitzer and Sara Torres)

5 PM Cocktail, dinner and dance! (location to be confirmed)

Sunday November 4, 2012

9:30 AM "Made in Canada: Permanent Residence or Permanent Insecurity?" (Fay Faraday, Innovation fellow, Metcalf Foundation)

IV- REGULATING EMPLOYERS AND RECRUITERS

10 AM "Bad apples" reporting costs workers their jobs: A case for government monitoring of TFWP employers (Christine Hughes – Dept of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University)

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM Mandatory licensing and inspection schemes : Trying to make them work (Bethany Hastie, Faculty of Law, McGill University)

11 : 15 AM The Only way to have recruiters effectively monitored ? The Idea of making the employer co-responsible in case of abuse by the recruiter (Eugénie Depatie-Pelletier, MigrantWorkersRights-Canada)

11: 45 PM Closing remarks

12 PM Lunch : Contributing in the coming months to MigrantWorkersRights-Canada’s federal bill project (location to be confirmed)

Cost

Free

Venue

120 University Private

City

Ottawa

Country

Canada

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

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Access to permanent status, Recrutement / placement agencies, Right to equality (gender), Right to equality (national origin), Right to equality (social status), Right to liberty, and Right to dignity

Geographical focuses

Ontario

Languages

English