Employment Standards & Human Rights

Project Name

Reaching Out: Training on Employment Standards and Human Rights

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Project Partners

Lead Agency: Worker’s Action Centre
Partners: Parkdale Community Legal Clinic (PCLC), Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC), Caregivers Action Centre, Somali Immigrant Women’s Association

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Project Summary

Training in employment standards and employment law for community workers and community leaders working in linguistic minority communities in the GTA.

Legal Topics for Training

  • Employment standards
  • Human rights
  • Income support (Employment Insurance)

Target Audience

Front line and community workers who work in the GTA as well as workers in remote and rural communities through the Regional Networks of:

  • Frontenac, Hastings, Lennox and Addington, Northumberland and Prince Edward Counties Connecting Region
  • Bruce Grey, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Muskoka, Parry Sound and Peterborough Simcoe Connecting Region
  • Ottawa Connecting Region

Key Activities

  • The first part will provide training to front-line workers working within language specific communities in the GTA (i.e. a range of front line staff all of whom work in the Tamil community)
  • The second component will train community leaders from 10 linguistic communities. These community leaders will be expected to organize and facilitate at least two workshops in their own language community after a major portion of their training is completed
  • The third component will build on community-planning initiatives that took place in Ottawa, Belleville and Owen Sound and surrounding communities, to provide training to front-line workers on human rights and employment standards geared to low-income and precariously employed workers in rural and remote areas.

Need for Training

Public legal education related to labour legislation can be quite complex as workers can bring inter-related problems such as employment standards violations, human rights discrimination, access to Employment Insurance as well as health and safety. It is important for front-line workers to know who and what agencies and levels of government are involved, where to go if an individual needs help, the layers of violations, and ultimately a route for advocacy and getting the help they need.



Innovative Approach

The training is unique in its particular focus on employment standards and human rights.