Weekend Video: Migrant Dreams

Director Min Sook Lee’s award-winning documentary follows the story of migrant workers who come to labour in Ontario greenhouses as part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Many are women recruited by brokers who illegally charge fees upwards of $7,000, with greenhouse owners complicit in… Read More

Book review: Unfree Labour

By Daniel Tseghay In 1947, when Jamaican agricultural workers were already making their way to Canada on short-term contracts, Canadian officials resisting the possibility of permanent residency on explicitly racist, and curiously paternalistic, grounds. “The admission to Canada of natives of the West Indies has… Read More

Film Review: Migrant Dreams

By Alia Karim Since 1966, workers of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) have left their families to toil on farms and greenhouses up to twelve hours per day, six to seven days a week, in order to supply the fruits and vegetables Canadians enjoy.… Read More

The hierarchy of settlement services

By Daniel Tseghay On March 29th, nine national, regional and provincial umbrellas of settlement organizations released Migrant workers: precarious and unsupported: A Canada-wide Study on Access to Services for Migrant Workers. The 73-pages report detailed the challenges migrant workers, in either the Temporary Foreign Worker… Read More