Organizations in Canada
Justicia 4 Migrant Workers (J4MW)
Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) is a volunteer-run political collective comprising people from diverse walks of life, including migrant workers, labour organizers, educators, researchers, students and racialized youth based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They are engaged in this work alongside our personal commitments and numerous social justice struggles.
Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC)
The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC) is Canada’s largest coalition of self-organized groups of migrant workers, with the support of grassroots organizations, unions, faith groups, activists and researchers that have come together to fight for justice and dignity for migrant workers. MWAC supports migrant workers and migrant worker led organizations; developing innovative policy solutions; training service providers and coordinating federal and provincial campaigns.
UFCW: Agricultural Workers Alliance (AWA)
For more than thirty years, UFCW Canada has led the way to bring justice, safety, seniority, and good wages to workers in the agriculture sector. UFCW Canada union contracts at greenhouses, and field and packing operations provide both domestic and migrant agricultural workers with the best wages and workplace protections in the industry. Along with the Agriculture Workers Alliance, UFCW Canada operates North America’s largest agricultural workers' association with over 13,000 members.
Toll free: 1-877-778-7565
Toll free from Mexico: 01.800.681.1591
Toll free from Jamaica: 1-877-344-3472
Migrant Rights Network
The Migrant Rights Network is a cross-Canada alliance to combat racism and fight for migrant justice. They are a network of self-organized groups of refugees and migrants and allies. They prioritize the leadership and self-organization of racialized, working class, migrants, refugees and displaced people. They will do so in alliance with labour, community, faith, environmental, Indigenous, arts and media organizations. They will strive to build global alliances for migrant justice.
MigrantWorkersRights – Global Online Database
MigrantWorkersRights (MWR) is a non-profit organization operating as an open but coordinated network aiming for — through research, legal actions and legislative processes — the abolition of slavery's legacies embedded within current Canadian and similar administrative frameworks. MWR's mission is the respect, by national and international agencies, of the rights to liberty, to physical and psychological integrity, and to non-discrimination based on the country of origin — thus of the rights to freely change employers at all time, to receive study/work permits for children/spouse, and to access permanent legal status, of every human being admitted under the status of 'temporary foreign worker'.
Migrant Resource Centre Canada (MRCC)
The Migrants Resource Centre Canada aims to improve the lives of migrant and immigrant workers by advancing their rights and dignity while working and living in Canada. MRCC upholds migrant workers as key actors in the pursuit of this goal. Its role is to assist in capacity building and cooperative action towards full participation into Canadian society.
Organizations in Ontario
IAVGO Community Legal Clinic
IAVGO has prioritized the workers’ compensation (WSIB) cases of migrant farmworkers in Ontario since 2005. IAVGO prioritizes these cases because the WSIB refuses to correct the systemic barriers and discriminatory policies that prevent migrant workers from obtaining equal access to Ontario’s workers compensation system.
Phone: (416) 924-6477
Fax: (416) 924-2472
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-877-230-6311
Toll-free in Canada for Migrant Workers: 1-866-521-8535
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc. (OHCOW)
Since 2006, OHCOW has offered services to migrant farm workers, their employers and community partners with the continued aim of becoming valued partners in agricultural and horticultural occupational health and safety.
Phone: 1-877-817-0336 (ext. 2221)
Geographical focus: Ontario
Niagara Migrant Workers Interest Group (NMWIG)
Providing support for migrant agricultural workers in the Niagara Region, NMWIG coordinates the efforts of individuals and interested organizations to provide advocacy and support services to guest workers. NMWIG’s member organizations work together to build bridges to accessible health care, equitable services and social inclusion for migrant workers in Niagara.
Durham Region Migrant Worker Network (DRMWN)
Durham Region Migrant Worker Network (DRMWN) was founded in 2013 by a group of individuals who came together in response to the need for migrant worker integration into the community. In 2014, DRMWN officially became an unincorporated network of organizations that care about the quality of life for migrant workers, while they are away from their family and country of origin.
Phone: (905) 576-1445
Organizations in British Columbia
Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture (RAMA)
RAMA is a grassroots migrant justice group that strives to support the approximately 5,000 Latin American and Caribbean “temporary” migrant farmworkers in the Okanagan Valley in their ongoing struggle for dignity, community, and humanity. Our aim is to be worker-led and to respond to the needs identified by migrant workers as they arise. Ultimately, our intention is for migrant workers themselves to name and direct our priorities.
Phone/WhatsApp: (250) 215-3415 (Spanish or English)
Fuerza Migrante (previously Migrant Workers’ Dignity Association, MWDA) is an organization dedicated to transforming a world stained by exploitation and injustice by building autonomous migrant power from below, through mutual aid and communal self-defense. Our struggle is multi-dimensional: we cannot end capitalist exploitation without directly confronting all forms of oppression (particularly gendered forms, as most migrant farm workers identify as male, and therefore have a key role to play against the patriarchy) and the theft of territories by colonizers and settlers. We pool our skills and resources together in order to be part of the struggles for migrant liberation in the stolen lands incorrectly understood as “Canada” and all other struggles for justice throughout the world.
Phone: (604) 445-3603 and (604) 828-8909
Fax: (604) 608-3897
Javier Robles, Community Outreach Worker, Kelowna Community Resources
Mitch Ward, Migrant Farmworker Outreach and Support, Kamloops Immigrant Services
Region: Kamloops area, Clearwater, 100 Mile House
Phone/Whatsapp: (250) 803-1458
Migrante B.C. is a community-based organization committed to the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of Filipino immigrants and migrant workers in British Columbia, Canada.
Region: Vancouver area
Phone: (604) 358-1659
Launched in June 2011, the Umbrella Mobile Clinic is specially targeted to the unique needs of temporary foreign farm workers. The clinic operates on a pop-up basis, at times from a trailer converted into a medical clinic, and at times in spaces donated by partner organizations. The mobile clinic team travels throughout the Fraser Valley providing Spanish language medical services. The crew consists of physicians, physiotherapist, Cross Cultural Health Brokers, and many support workers.
Region: Fraser Valley
Coordinator: Shaina Schafers
Phone: (604) 553-0633
Byron Cruz, Migrant Worker Coordinator, BC Federation of Labour
Region: Vancouver area and Fraser Valley
Phone/WhatsApp: (604) 315-7725
Migrant Workers Centre
Migrant Workers Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to legal advocacy for migrant workers in BC. Established in 1986, Migrant Workers Centre facilitates access to justice for migrant workers through the provision of legal education, advice and full representation.
The organization also works to advance fair immigration policy and improved labour standards for migrant workers through law and policy reform, and test case litigation.
Region: Based in Vancouver, offers phone service to other parts of the province
Phone: (604) 669-4482, Toll Free: 1-888-669-4482