Campaigns & Collaborations
As part of our mission, the ARHW works with and supports the activities of other organizations across Canada to advance the rights of migrant workers in the domestic and agricultural sector and to raise awareness about their working conditions.
FRONT DE DÉFENSE DES NON-SYNDIQUÉS(FDNS)
The ARHW collaborates with many organizations from the migrant committee network of the Front de Défense des Non-Syndiqués. This network includes le Centre International de Solidarité Ouvrière, le syndicat des Travailleurs Unis de l’Alimentation et du Commerce, the CSN, the FTQ, PINAY, the Immigrant Workers Centre, Au Bas de l’Échelle, le Réseau d’aide aux Travailleuses et Travailleurs Migrant Agricoles du Québec et le Centre Justice et Foi.
Les travailleuses domestiques ont des droits!
Launched by the Centre international de solidarité ouvrière (CISO) and the AQOCI’s Comité québécois femmes et développement (CQFD) on March 5th, 2018, the ARHW contributed to the preparation and realization of this campaign, which sought to have the federal government ratify the ILO’s Domestic Workers Convention (No. 189).
As part of this campaign, signatures for a petition to the Government of Canada were collected, educational tools were distributed to raise awareness, and advocacy letters were sent to the Government of Canada.
- Press Conference « « Les travailleuses domestiques ont des droits », Ottawa (June 18, 2018)
- Letters of support sent to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Minister of Employment, and the Minister of Status of Women.
Common Declaration for the $15/hr Minimum Wage
In December 2018, the ARHW signed on to a commune declaration, initiated by the FTQ and coordinated by the Immigrant Workers Centre, demanding that Quebec’s minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour.
Vers une Réglementation des Agences de Placement – Travail Décent SVP!
A campaign by the FDNS and coordinated by Au Bas de L’Échelle, it calls for the development, adoption and application of regulations in Quebec that would effectively regulate the activities of private recruitment and placement agencies.
National Campaigns and Collaborations
When the federal government announced in 2017 that it would be reviewing the Foreign Temporary Worker Program, the ARHW coordinated its efforts with other migrant rights advocacy groups across Canada to push for real reforms that would respect the rights of migrant workers.
Open Work Permit/Freedom to Change Employers
In December 2018, the federal government proposed the creation of an open work permit program for workers facing abuse or risk of abuse. This proposed program included many of the elements contained in the policy submission published by the Migrant Worker Alliance for Change (MWAC) and endorsed by the ARHW and others in December 2017.
The ARHW coordinated with MWAC and the Coalition for Migrant Workers Rights (CMWR) to formulate recommendations and call for improvements to the proposed program.
- Letter to the Director of Temporary Resident Policy and Programs, endorsing the policy recommendations by MWAC.
- Participation in the Montreal consultation on the proposed program held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in January 2019.
Care Workers Organize! Landed Status Now!
In February 2018, the federal government announced that the permanent residency pathways for migrant care workers were scheduled to close on November 29, 2019. Migrant care worker advocacy groups across Canada coordinated their efforts to call for the government to maintain access to permanent residency for migrant care workers and to put in place reforms that would better protect the rights of these workers.
- The Caregiver Program: Necessary Reforms for the Respect of Migrant Caregivers’ Fundamental Rights in Canada.
- Policy analysis jointly submitted with MigrantWorkersRights during the federal government’s consultation process.
- Report: Care Workers Voices for Landed Status and Fairness
- Press conference at the Immigrant Workers Center with PINAY, Filipino women’s association in Montreal (November 18, 2018).
- Joint letter to federal Minister of Immigration (March 7, 2019).
Help Migrant Workers Stay In Canada
In October 2018, the ARHW supported the campaign of KAIROS to have 1000 letters sent to federal Members of Parliament before November 2nd, asking that the Canadian Government:
- Grant Permanent Residency on arrival to caregivers and their families, as well as other foreign migrant workers.
- Leave no one behind: Clear the application backlog, end medical inadmissibility, regularize the status of caregivers and other migrant workers who have become undocumented, and end education and language requirements.
Family Unification: On Arrival and Without Exception
What the parliamentary committee on immigration recommended in 2017 to end the policy of denying permanent residency on the basis of medical inadmissibility, the ARHW joined with groups across Canada calling for the reform of immigration law to ensure that all individuals in the country can exercise their right to live with their spouse and children.
Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)
As a member of the CCR, the ARHW contributes to and participates in the activities of the working group on migrant workers issues.
- Participation at the Montreal consultation on migrant workers employed in the agricultural sector organized by Employment and Social Development Canada (May 2018)
- Migrant Worker Report Cards: 2018 update.
- Pan-Canadian Migrant Workers Forum- Montreal (November 25, 2018)
- Organization Committee.
- Canadian Council for Refugees Fall Consultation – Montreal (26 – 28 November, 2018)
- Panelist, Resilience & Resistance : Access to Justice for Trafficked Person.
Les travailleuses domestiques et leurs droits
In November 2018, the ARHW assisted ConcertAction Femmes Estrie with the organization of a discussion day on the condition of migrant domestic workers in Quebec.
CSST Campaign for Domestic Workers
Campaign by the coalition of Quebecois organizations (notably PINAY, the Immigrant Workers Center, the ARHW and the Union des travailleurs et travailleuses accidenté-e-s de Montréal), it demands that the Quebec government extend effective protection to all domestic workers in the case of an work accident or professional injury.
PRO BONO STUDENTS CANADA
Every year, the ARHW welcomes law students who volunteer through Pro Bono Students Canada. Under the supervision of our lawyer, Hannah Deegan, these students contribute to the work of the ARHW’s research committee on questions pertaining to state obstacles to the exercise of fundamental rights by migrant domestic and agricultural workers.
Events & Conferences
- Déconstruire les tabous autour de la discrimination et construire une culture inclusive en emploi – Université Laval à Québec (December 5, 2018)
- Canadian Council for Refugees Pan-Canadian Migrant Forum- Montreal (November 25, 2018)
- Forum National de l’Alimentation Durable: Tablée des idées – 10e forum du RAD – Concordia University (November 3rd, 2018)
- Other People’s Children (Imago Theatre) – Montreal (October 25th, 2018).
- Guest speaker following presentation of theater play with themes involving the life and work experiences of a migrant domestic worker.
- Work, Migration and Health Forum 2018 – Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (May 7, 2018)
- Presentation of Migrant domestic workers, Canadian Law and Modern Slavery.
- Migrants at Work – Queen’s University, Kingston (April 20th, 2018)
- Presentation of Employer-tied Labour Migration vs Migrant Workers’ Right not to be Held in Involuntary Servitude: Lessons from the UK, Israel and USA.
- L’ADDPD A 40 ANS: ÇA SE FÊTE!! – Montreal (November 16th, 2017)
- QC – Ontario Forum on Migrant Workers’ Rights – McGill University (November 16th, 2017)