News - Workers' Rights

May 29, 2015
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has found two women from Mexico working under the Temporary Foreign Worker program faced sexual harassment and discrimination in their workplace. One complainant...
Keywords: Women, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
April 1, 2015
Advocacy groups estimate that there are an estimated 70,000 temporary workers in Canada whose contracts are suppose to end today due to the federal government's changes to the temporary foreign...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
March 12, 2015
Christy Clark`s statement last week that a $15 minimum wage would hurt small businesses was the subject of scrutiny in a story released this week in the Globe and Mail. The article looks at the...
Keywords: Government Policy, Media, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
February 2, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada handed down an important decision on Friday, affirming that the right to strike is protected under s.2(d) (freedom of association) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms....
Keywords: Government Policy, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
October 21, 2014
From an article by rabble.ca: "When asked why live-in caregivers should be granted landed status upon arrival, Migrante-BC's Jane Ordinario asserted that doing so would allow live-in caregivers to...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
October 7, 2014
Communities, workers, and places of work are all starting to see the benefits of paying a living wage. A living wage is not the same as the minimum wage, which is the legal minimum all employers must...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, All of Canada
July 14, 2014
A report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examines the rise of temporary agency work in British Columbia, and explores the experiences of temporary agency workers. The...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
March 31, 2014
Although a notorious recipient of "corporate welfare," Walmart has now admitted that their massive profits also depend on the funding of food stamps and other public assistance programs. In their...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, International
March 7, 2014
The Quebec provincial government has granted seasonal agriculture workers the same rights as all workers in Quebec, including the right to join a union. Read more about this court decision in an...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Québec
January 20, 2014
Jane Ordinario and Leo Alejandria are not strangers to the struggles of the thousands of Filipino workers who come to B.C. lured by the promise of steady work at better pay than they can make at home...
Keywords: Government Policy, Workers' Rights, British Columbia, All of Canada
December 20, 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution including living off avails of prostitution, operating a bawdy house, and communicating in public for...
Keywords: Women, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
November 22, 2013
This is an excellent new decision from the Federal Court of Appeal on antedating an EI claim, especially for farmworkers. "Antedating" means backdating the application so that additional hours can be...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
October 1, 2013
The B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) is representing a group of tree planters, most of them immigrants or refugees of African origin, who were found living in squalid conditions in a...
Keywords: Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
July 8, 2013
There has never been an inquest into the death of a migrant worker under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program in Canada. In Ontario the Coroners Act provides for mandatory inquests for certain...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, Ontario, All of Canada
May 23, 2013
A new book, Tomorrow We’re All Going to the Harvest: Temporary Foreign Worker Programs and Neoliberal Political Economy, explores how the the temporary foreign worker program has created a Canadian...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, All of Canada
May 1, 2013
On this International Workers' Day, we have put together some recent stories on the struggles and victories for workers' rights in Canada: Mental health: The next frontier for workers' rights |...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, All of Canada
April 10, 2013
Women, racialized persons, immigrants, temporary migrant workers, persons with disabilities, youth, Aboriginal persons and non-status workers are more likely to hold low wage, temporary jobs with no...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario
December 6, 2012
B.C.'s Hardest Working is a project of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition that tells the stories of 100 people from around BC who are part of the working poor and those working hard to survive on...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
October 5, 2012
The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition is looking for people to tell their stories about working hard and struggling to make ends meet. One hundred stories will be featured on a website to be released at...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
August 20, 2012
In 2008, the Law Commissioner of Ontario started to look at part-time work, short contract positions and other forms of “precarious” work, against the background of the social issues affecting...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario, All of Canada
May 1, 2012
The Human Resources Ministery has changed the rules so employers will now be allowed to pay foreign temp workers 15 per cent less than the average wage. See the Canadian Council for Refugees and...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
April 27, 2012
For families with young children, the costs of basic necessities like food, rent and child care quickly add up. Even with full-time work year round, both parents in a family of four must earn at...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
February 21, 2012
With the recent deaths of eleven migrant workers in Ontario, which mirrors a similar tragic van crash in BC in 2007, advocates and activists are renewing their demands for the provincial and federal...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Government Policy, Workers' Rights, British Columbia, Ontario, All of Canada
December 23, 2011
From the Homeless Hub: 30,000 Hamiltonians are working and still living in poverty. How is this possible? It used to be that if someone was having a tough time making ends meet, the simple answer was...
Keywords: Poverty Research, Workers' Rights, Ontario
October 17, 2011
Since 1993, today has been recognized by the United Nations, and its members around the world, as International day for the eradication of poverty 2011. Today, October 17, 2011, the United Nations...
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Human Rights, Unemployment, Welfare, Women, Workers' Rights, International
August 11, 2011
100 Mile House & District Women's Centre has received funding from the Legal Services Society to provide a range of legal services in the 100 Mile House area. More details area available in this...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Tenants' Rights, Welfare, Women, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
June 17, 2011
The Statistics Canada data on the number of Albertans whose income falls below the Market Basket Measure of low income was released June 15th, 2011. The Edmonton Social Planning Council news release...
Keywords: Alberta, Housing, Poverty Research, Workers' Rights
May 13, 2011
The Workers' Action Centre’s latest report exposes a reality of work where wages, overtime and vacation goes unpaid and people work at less than minimum wage. Based on a survey of 520 people in low-...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario
January 25, 2011
The Employment Standards Branch has just ordered Khaira Enterprises Ltd., a treeplanting company to pay $228,687.51 to tree planters who worked for the company from March to July, 2010. Most of the...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
January 14, 2011
More than 50 Filipino migrant workers recruited to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program have filed a $10 million class action suit against Denny’s restaurants in British Columbia...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
December 10, 2010
Lawyers at the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) are calling on the government to act quickly to remedy injustices experienced by tree planters formerly employed by Khaira Enterprises Ltd (...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
November 23, 2010
Are you an injured worker in Ontario? The Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups needs your help to make workers' compensation better for injured workers. Fill out the Injured Workers and Poverty...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario
November 12, 2010
Given the current climate of austerity measures and neo-liberal cutbacks it’s was a rare win for working families. In the new issue of This Magazine (this.org) they have a great piece looking back at...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
May 4, 2010
Two earners in a family of four must each make at least $18 an hour to afford basic rent, food, childcare and transportation in metro Vancouver, according to a report by CCPA. New Westminister...
Keywords: Family, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
April 9, 2010
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
March 10, 2010
Keywords: Workers' Rights, Ontario
October 1, 2009
Overall, analysts say that Bill C-50 will temporarily give additional employment insurance benefits to unemployed long-tenured workers. Most agree that this is not the EI reform that workers and the...
Keywords: employment insurance, Government Policy, Unemployment, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
July 31, 2009
An editorial by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reveals how the BC government has been stonewalling requests to disclose Employment Standards enforcement records for farmworkers. A review...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
March 16, 2009
The City of Calgary has tentatively agreed to a guaranteed "living wage" for its part-time and full-time employees but it won't extend the guarantee to on-call and casual workers, the only ones who...
Keywords: Alberta, Workers' Rights
January 9, 2009
According to a report by the Fraser Institute, increasing the minimum wage in BC and across Canada to $10 will boost unemployment, especially for young people. The BC Federation of Labour and the...
Keywords: Government Policy, Workers' Rights, All of Canada