Migrant Worker Health

There are roughly 38,000 temporary foreign agricultural workers, or migrant farm workers, who work in Canada each year, the majority in Ontario. Migrant workers are employed on temporary contracts and have no pathway to permanent residency. They work in a relatively high risk industry in which health and safety problems are common, and may go unreported. A growing body of research indicates these workers face many barriers to 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.

Drawing on a decade of research, clinical and legal encounters with migrant workers, the aim of the Migrant Worker Health Project is to provide evidence-based educational initiatives that describe these barriers to healthcare and service providers, and facilitate collaborative identification of strategies to increase workers’ access to healthcare services and workers’ compensation, or WSIB. The project was funded by a research grant from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario.

For more information and resources on migrant worker health, please visit our website. For more details about the project, please contact Dr. Jenna Hennebry ([email protected]) or Dr. Janet McLaughlin ([email protected]).