Household and farm workers are a vital part of any society, both in urban and rural areas. In Canada, a significant portion of these workers migrate from other countries as a response to persistent labour shortages. Despite being formally guaranteed the same rights as Canadian workers, the government imposes on these (im)migrants employer-tied legal status/work authorization. Most of these workers are also collectively denied access to family unification procedures and permanent legal status.

Through its legal action project, BREAK THE CHAINS, and its associated research and education/advocacy activities, the ARHW currently fights for the abolition of state obstacles to migrant household and farm workers’ fundamental right to freely change employers.

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