In countries such as Canada, migrant workers are employed on temporary contracts and have no pathway to permanent residency. Many are employed in relatively high risk industries in which health and safety problems are common, and may go unreported. They normally work 6-7 days a week, 8-12 hours a day, these hours can increase substantially during the high season. They often lack sufficient breaks, health and safety training, and personal protective equipment. Workers face numerous barriers in accessing healthcare and insurance, such as language and cultural barriers, social and physical isolation, and fear of loss of employment or forced return to their country of origin. The center’s research explores barriers to healthcare and service providers, and facilitates collaborative identification of strategies to increase workers’ access to healthcare services and workers compensation.


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Migrant Worker Health