Migrant Workers

Migrant Worker's Support Program

The Migrant Workers Support Program is funded by Economic and Social Development Canada, and administered in Thunder Bay in partnership between the Newcomer Legal Clinic, The Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, and the Neighbourhood Organization in Toronto.

The aim of the program is to:

  • Provide migrants with information and support to exercise their rights
  • Increase migrant workers’ awareness of their rights
  • Help them access the services they need to exercise their rights
  • Foster inclusion of migrant workers in the community
  • Support migrant workers during emergency situations
  • Develop coordinated approaches to supporting temporary migrant workers in the

Who Is A Migrant Worker?

The term migrant workers refer to individuals who have moved to Canada to work, whether this was their primary intention or as a means of survival. In other words, they are foreign nationals who are not citizens nor permanent residents who engage in work in Canada.

Migrant workers can enter Canada via different programs, such as through the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), which includes the Agricultural Stream and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP).

How can the Newcomer Legal Clinic support Migrant Workers and Temporary Foreign Workers?

  • Provide access to legal support and awareness of their rights
  • Holding public legal education events
  • Referrals

Frequently Asked Questions

It allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers to fill temporary jobs when qualified Canadians are not available.

Does your Canada work permit have a specific position
for a specific employer on it? If so, this is a closed work permit and part of the TFW program.

If you are a temporary foreign worker and want to learn more about this program. Please
contact Bridget Postuma outreach.nlc@lakeheadu.ca or call the clinic at 807-346-7800

Resources for Temporary Foreign Workers:

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