Approximately 40 migrant workers turned out to learn about their rights regarding working in Canada at the Summer Resource Fair in Kamloops. On July 7th, the first-ever resource fair in Kamloops was hosted by MOSAIC, with support from Kamloops Immigrant Services.
The objective of the fair was to provide information to migrant workers about: rights and responsibilities, wages, health and safety, housing regulations, bullying and harassments. Workshops were provided by the Employment Standards Branch and the Mexican Consulate while information was provided by Kamloops Immigrant Services, AgSafe, and WorkBC.
- Info for agriculture workers & employers
- Farm workers factsheet
- Farm labour contractors factsheet (available in 11 languages)
- Complaint process (Employment Standards Branch)
- Housing, Bullying & Harassment (Presentation by Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver)
- Presentation of Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) and Employment Standards in BC: English | Español
Dennis Juarez, Manager of MOSAIC’s Migrant Workers Program, said those who attended were very appreciative of the information being provided. “They were visibly touched to know that the government cares about their rights, and provide funding for organizations to educate them about their rights while working in Canada. This was an important event for this migrant community”.
Migrant workers at the event hailed from a variety of countries, including Mexico, Ghana, India, Columbia, Nigeria, Iran, Kenya, Mauritius, Peru, Argentina, Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Pakistan. They are working in hospitality, care-giving, and the agricultural industries.
Thank you to the volunteers from the local communities who assisted with the event.
Click here for CBC Radio interview.