Workers Health & Safety Centre

Forum to explore challenges faced by workers new to Canada

Forum to explore challenges faced by workers new to Canada
Migrants, worker representatives, community advocates, service providers, clinicians, policy makers, students and researchers are invited to Work, Migration and Health Forum 2018.
Global competition, outsourcing, new technologies, and the pursuit of greater profits have changed the nature of work and employment relationships. More work is precarious—part-time, insecure, poorly paid, and with few, if any, benefits. Reserach evidence also tells us precarious workers are more often exposed to hazardous work environments and stressful working conditions. They are also less likely to receive adequate health, safety and job-specific training and have less access to health care and social services. Finally, more newcomers to Canada are likely to be employed in precarious work. Hence the focus of this forum.
To be held in Toronto on May 8 and 9, forum organizers promise enlightening insights into precarity and related vulnerability faced by temporary foreign workers, new immigrants, refugees, working international students and undocumented migrants. They are also looking to discuss the many ways to help overcome the challenges face by this group of workers.

Last call for abstracts

First though, forum organizers are still seeking suggestions for presentations that detail related research, policies, experiences and practices. Deadline for abstract submission is February 28
The forum is being co-hosted by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW), the Dalla Lana School of Public Health—University of Toronto and the Global Migration and Health Initiative.
Registration details and additional information about Work, Migration and Health Forum 2018 is available on the forum website.
For additional information about precarious employment check out these WHSC articles:
Ontario reviews employment laws in face of changing workplaces
Precarious employment impacts health of working women
Injured workers day event to feature screening of precarious work film
As Ontario’s only government-designed health and safety training centre, the Workers Health & Safety Centre offers a range of training programs and resources to help workplace parties understand their significant obligations related to the safety and health of all workers.
To learn more:
Call:   1-888-869-7950 and ask to speak with a training services representative