Migrant Workers Alliance for Change: #InItTogether #MageItRight

We are launching a new provincial campaign to ensure migrant workers have the same rights and benefits as all Ontarians. For too long Ontario’s laws have excluded migrant workers. This affects us all. It’s time to #MakeItRight. We are #InItTogether.

Our first action is a Feast for Fairness on Saturday, October 12, at 1030am at St. Lawrence’s Market in Toronto.  More details..

All workers, including agriculture workers, should be protected equally under Ontario’s labour laws. All workers should be entitled to minimum wage and overtime. They should be able to enforce these rights without worrying about being too late or having to under-claim how much they are actually owed by employers.

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All workers should be protected from being charged illegal and exorbitant fees by recruiters and agencies. Recruiters and employers should be registered, and the provinces and feds should work together with workers’ home governments to make sure that protection is effective across all borders.

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Going home after work should be a relief but many migrant workers have no relief from the stress of work since they live at or near their workplace.  They deserve decent housing and this requires inspection, enforcement, regulation, and viable alternatives.

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Farm workers need strong health and safety protections at work; domestic workers should be included in occupational health and safety laws; and all migrants should have immediate access to health services and other benefits that all Ontarians get.

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Migrant workers need stronger protections to make workers rights complaints and proactive enforcement of their rights. Migrant workers should have the right to change employers and stay in the country for settlement or employment standards purposes.

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Tell the Leaders of Ontario’s Provincial Parties that they must work together to ensure migrant workers have the same rights and protections as all other Ontarians.

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The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change includes Alliance of South Asian Aid Prevention, Asian Community Aids Services, Caregivers Action Centre, Industrial Accident Victims’ Group of Ontario, Justicia for Migrant Workers, KAIROS, Legal Aid Windsor, Migrante Ontario, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Social Planning Toronto, Unifor, United Food and Commercial Workers and the Workers’ Action Centre.

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Migrant Workers-Alliance for Change

720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 223

-Toronto, Ontario -M5S 2T9


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Project Traveller results in 43 arrests, the seizure of 40 firearms and $3 million in drugs


GTA police agencies, including officers from Peel, York, Halton, Barrie, Guelph, Windsor, the OPP, RCMP, Toronto Police Services 23 Division, 31 Division, Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS), and Emergency Task Force (ETF) kicked in doors early this morning in a series of raids that netted 40 firearms, $3 million in drugs, and lead to 43 arrests in Toronto and Windsor, where police agencies there also conducted raids. The raids primarily targeted a cluster of apartment high-rises on Dixon and Mercury Roads.

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair also made the disclosure that Toronto Police investigators were aware of the video which allegedly shows Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine weeks before the media got word of it. Police gained knowledge of the video from wipe-taps.

When questioned, Blair also said many of those arrested were of Somali origin, but that everyone would be treated ‘fair and equally’.

The operation was code named ‘Project Traveller’, a joint operation between police agencies, Canada Border Services Agency, and likely the RCMP’s Immigration Task Force which operates out of the Greater Toronto Enforcement Centre at 6900 Airport Road.