Predicting the Future of Temporary Foreign Worker Programs… In the 1960s and 70s

Originally published on Active History on 4 October 2017. Republished here with permission. Edward Dunsworth The Thanksgiving season is often seized upon by farmworkers and activists to highlight agricultural workers’ contributions to society and the precarious conditions that so often characterize their work and life. In both Canada and the United States, farm labour activists have riffed on a popular motif which recognizes farmers, modifying it to some variation of: “Got Food? Thank a Farmworker.” In Canada, these messages have

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Good Enough to Work, Good Enough to Stay: Migrant Workers in Toronto and Canada – October 10th @ 7pm

Join us at Steelworkers Hall (25 Cecil St.), on Tuesday, October 10th at 7pm for a panel discussion – Good Enough to Work, Good Enough to Stay: Migrant Workers in Toronto and Canada. While characterized as “temporary” foreign workers, migrant workers have been a permanent part of Canadian workforces and communities for decades. The Caribbean Domestic Scheme began in 1955, the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program in 1966, and the last two decades have witnessed a massive growth in the number of TFWs working in

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