Ottawa Citizen: Proposals could limit migrant workers’ stay in Canada

Proposals could limit migrant workers’ stay in Canada

TORONTO — They arrive on the promise of good jobs, fair wages and an opportunity to support their families back home.

But thousands of migrant labourers — those who land in British Columbia to pick fruit, in Ontario to work in factories and farms, or in Nova Scotia to cut Christmas trees — are anxiously waiting the outcome of a debate in Ottawa that could dramatically impact their ability to work here.

“These changes put the onus on the workers when the government should really be protecting them,” said Chris Ramsaroop, who is with the outreach group Justica for Migrant Workers. “It makes workers more fearful to speak out against the work conditions they face because their contracts won’t be extended, or they’ll be sent home.”

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