- 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
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, migrant workers and their 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 launching 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. Join us.
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*Migrant Workers Alliance for Change includes Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (Toronto), Asian Community Aids Services (Ontario), Caregivers Action Centre (Ontario), Fuerza Puwersa (Guelph), Industrial Accident Victims’ Group of Ontario, Justicia for Migrant Workers (Ontario), Canada, Legal Assistance of Windsor, Migrante Ontario, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Social Planning Toronto, UNIFOR (Canada), South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, United Food and Commercial Workers (Canada), Workers United and the Workers’ Action Centre (Toronto).