We are organizations of migrant workers from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, PEI and Quebec joining forces to create the Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights – Canada (CMWRC).
Launched in October 2015, CMWRC is a unified voice of migrant workers in Canada. Our aim is simple: to re-build the immigration system to ensure basic dignity and fairness for everyone.
Our members represent hundreds of thousands of Canadian-born, and migrant workers. Together we know that we need an economy that works for everyone, not one that forces us to fight each other for scraps.
The Caregiver Program, the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program originated in the 50s, 60s and 70s. All began with a fundamental flaw that remains with us today. They create a two-tier immigration system that gives security to some migrants but leaves others with deep insecurity. Some of us can come here as permanent residents, able to reunite with our families. The rest of us are subject to a wide range of rules that restrict us to very insecure temporary status – allowed to work but not allowed to stay in the Canadian communities that we help build.
In the half century since these programs began, the temporariness in the immigration system has only grown. Today, over 70% of people that enter Canada to live, work and study do on temporary visas. Yet migrant workers and our communities have worked together across Canada to improve living and working conditions. From farm workers in British Columbia to fish factory workers in PEI, to Caregivers from coast to coast to coast, we have fought against migration rules that create vulnerability for us in our workplaces, we have fought against lower wages for migrant workers and we have fought against changes to laws that restrict access to services.
Now, as the CMWRC we are coordinating broad campaign – MoVE – a campaign for Mobility Voice Equality for Migrant Workers to call for open work permits, end to exclusions and permanent immigration status upon arrival for all migrant workers. Join us.
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- Cooper Institute in PEI
- Migrant Workers Alliance for Change*
- Migrant Worker Solidarity Network in Manitoba
- Migrante Canada
- Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture in Okanagan Valley
- Temporary Foreign Workers Association in Quebec
- Temporary Foreign Workers Coalition in Alberta
- Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregiver Rights in Vancouver
- West Coast Domestic Workers Association in Vancouver
*The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change includes individuals as well as Alliance for South Asian Aids Prevention, Asian Community Aids Services, Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support), Caregiver Connections Education and Support Organization, Caregivers Action Centre, Durham Region Migrant Solidarity Network, FCJ Refugee House, Fuerza Puwersa, GABRIELA Ontario, IAVGO Community Legal Clinic, Income Security Advocacy Centre, Justice for Migrant Workers, Migrante Ontario, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Northumberland Community Legal Centre, OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, OHIP For All, PCLS Community Legal Clinic, SALCO Community Legal Clinic, Students Against Migrant Exploitation, Social Planning Toronto, UFCW, UNIFOR, Workers Action Centre and Workers United.