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Thesis

Rights of Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada

Date

2012

Authors

Lidia Macovei

Abstract

During the last decade, Canada experienced unequal economic growth. As result, the Canadian government expanded its Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which led to an essential change of its purpose, making it easier for employers to recruit temporary foreign workers for lowskilled
jobs. In practice, TFWs are quite vulnerable without access to the same rights and privileges as Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
The purpose of this thesis is to analyze whether the Canadian government respects the rights of TFWs through its domestic regulations and if such laws protect the rights of TFWs in practice.

The thesis goal is to determine if the economic interest of the Canadian government and employers can be matched with international migrant rights’ standards. It investigates international standards related to the protection of human rights, including covenants, international treaties, and human rights committees. This thesis also discusses similar programs
governing TFWs in America, Germany, and Australia.

Number of pages

93

University

University of Alberta

Academic department

Faculty for Graduate Studies and Research

Degree

Masters of Laws

Place published

Edmonton, Alberta

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Economic sectors

General relevance - all sectors

Content types

Policy analysis and Current Policy

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, Federal, Nova Scotia, and National relevance

Spheres of activity

Law

Languages

English