Migrant worker advocates call for changes in coroner's inquests

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 types of workers, but excludes others, including migrant workers. In 2005 the family of a migrant worker from Jamaica who was killed while working as a farmworker in Ontario, complained to the Ontario Human Rights Commission that this violates the Ontario Human Rights Code and has an “adverse impact” on migrant workers.

Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) is working to get migrant workers equal treatment under the Coroner’s Act, in order to expose unacceptable working conditions and to improve worker safety.