Category Archives: migrant health

To the streets! Reflecting on health-sector responses to refugee health cuts

In late April of this year, the federal government announced it would make sweeping cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program – a program that provides access to healthcare for refugees in Canada. On May 11th over 90 doctors occupied … Continue reading

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Ever thought about the connection between that glass of wine and migrant workers?

“The fruits and vegetables that we are eating, the wine that we are drinking, has been brought to us by the migrant workers. If it wasn’t for them, our economy would collapse.”                 … Continue reading

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Migrant farm workers face persistent back pain, depression

Every year, over 27,000 temporary agricultural workers come to Canada from the global South. We’ve explored the vulnerabilities of this population previously on the HJRC and today we focus in on the findings of an article recently published in the … Continue reading

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Migrant farm workers denied right to unionize

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that an Ontario law, which excludes farm workers from unionizing, is constitutional. In contrast to the protections enjoyed by other workers in Ontario, under the current law, Ontario’s agricultural workers are able … Continue reading

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Front-line workers say Citizenship and Immigration Canada complicit in denial of meds to Quebec refugee claimants

On the 17th of January, 2011 the Association of Quebec Pharmacy (AQPP) owners issued a statement to its members urging them to cease filling prescriptions under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), arguing that the wait-time for reimbursement from Citizenship … Continue reading

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Migrant health organization says anti-smuggling bill raises health concerns

Even before the M/V Sun Sea arrived in BC last August carrying 490 Tamil migrants, Canadian Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews called its occupants “suspected human smugglers and terrorists.” This isn’t the first time Canada has experienced anti-migrant hysteria. … Continue reading

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