Building Capacity of Migrant Workers and Service Providers to Access Justice

Project Name

Building Capacity of Migrant Workers and Service Providers to Access Justice

Project Partners

Lead Agency: Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC)
Partners: Asian Community AIDS Services, Caregivers’ Action Centre, Industrial Accident Victims’ Group of Ontario (IAVGO), Justice for Migrant Workers, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, Workers Action Centre

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Project Summary

MWAC will host workshops for member organizations of MWAC and other groups that are beginning to work more with migrant workers, as well as one workshop targetting migrant workers. MWAC will also develop high-quality legal education materials and distribution channels informed by the workshops. Legal education materials will include information guides, e-bulletins and webinars.

Legal Topics for Training

This project will provide training on labour and immigration law.

Target Audience

The target audience for this project includes front line service providers across Ontario that are working with migrant workers and communities who do not speak English or French, and migrant worker leaders who do not speak English or French.

Key Activities

The training will be delivered through a variety of approaches:

  • Four workshops for member organizations of MWAC and other groups that are beginning to work more with migrant workers which will focus on labour and immigration rights (including the new legal developments).
  • One-day legal information workshop for migrant workers to update them on recent legal changes and consult with them about their needs for legal education material to service providers.
  • MWAC will also develop legal education materials, including information guides, e-bulletins and webinars.

Need for Training

Migrant workers in Ontario exist in a fast-changing legal environment where even organizations serving those migrant workers need accurate and timely legal information in order to be able to effectively support those with whom they work. This has been identified repeatedly by MWAC’s member organizations. Migrant workers have also identified problems of recruitment fees, abuses, and the pressures to keep silent. It is particularly necessary to have well-informed community organizations who can serve and advocate on behalf of migrant workers, given that we are in an environment where neither employers nor workers themselves have incentives, safety or security to speak up on their own.