Logo fr Global Faire un don

Bases de données: Vers l'abolition de l'asservissement légalisé des migrants grâce au partage d'information


Détails du document


Impression et sauvegarde

Article de journal

Band-Aid on a Bullet Wound—Canada’s Open Work Permit for Vulnerable Workers Policy




Eugénie Depatie-Pelletier, Hannah Deegan et Katherine Berze


In June 2019, the Government of Canada implemented the Open work permit for vulnerable workers (OWP-V) policy, authorizing immigration officers to issue open work permits to migrant workers on employer-specific work permits if they demonstrate reasonable grounds to believe that they are experiencing abuse or are at risk of abuse in their workplace. Drawing on research conducted by a community organization on the impact of the policy, this article examines the policy’s potential to remedy the problematic effects of the employer-specific work permit and whether it has been implemented efficiently. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with organizations that provide direct legal and social support to migrant workers in Canada. Additionally, two datasets regarding the role of the OWP-V policy in IRCC’s employer compliance regime were analyzed. The research concludes that the OWP-V policy cannot be expected to counteract the high risk of abuse imposed on workers through the employer-specific work permit. Numerous barriers were identified that make it difficult for migrant workers to apply for the permit. The small number of OWP-V permits issued in proportion to the number of employers authorized to hire migrant workers makes it unlikely that the policy will significantly impact employers’ propensity to comply with the program conditions.

Journal title








Fichiers joints


Secteurs économiques

General relevance - all sectors

Types de contenu

Policy analysis et Current Policy

Groupes cibles

Législateurs, Sensibilisation du public et ONG/groupes communautaires/réseaux de solidarité

Pertinence géographique

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, Colombie-Britannique, Autres provinces, Fédéral, Nouvelle-Écosse et National relevance