Migrant Justice

Ecumenical support for migrant rights and status for all

September 20, 2022

Four denominations involved in the global movement of Churches Witnessing with Migrants (CWWM) wrote to the Canadian government on September 8 in support of permanent residency for migrant workers and the regularization of undocumented migrants. The heads of the Anglican…

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Join the Rally & March: Rights, Regularization, Status for All!

September 6, 2022

The Migrant Workers Alliance is building a massive mobilization on Sunday, September 18 in cities across Canada. Please join this unprecedented opportunity to win permanent resident status for nearly 1.7 million migrants and stop deportations. You are encouraged to organize…

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Post-COVID, migrant worker issues remain

May 17, 2022

by  Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

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MEDIA RELEASE: KAIROS’ Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers during COVID-19 project will fund migrant justice program partners to September 30, 2022

May 11, 2022

(Ottawa – unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabek (original) People’s) – The Government of Canada has extended the successful KAIROS-run Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers during COVID-19 (ETFW) project until September 30, 2022. The Government of Canada has provided an additional…

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KAIROS launches new resources for the health and safety of migrant agricultural workers

March 24, 2022

KAIROS Canada’s Empowering Temporary Foreign Worker (ETFW) Project will be hosting a special event to launch new resources for temporary foreign workers. These resources, developed with community partners in the project across Ontario and the Maritimes, represent a diverse range…

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Online ecumenical meetings in solidarity with migrant workers

February 24, 2022

An invitation to all churches and church representatives   We invite you to be part of a network of solidarity. Migrant workers – on the farms and elsewhere – are feeling the stress of going into the third growing season of…

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KAIROS wish list 2022

February 1, 2022

As Canada and the world grapples with multiple crises, including pandemic related impacts and extreme weather events fueled by global heating, KAIROS calls on all levels of government in Canada to prioritize a just and equitable recovery. This includes a…

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Migrant food providers thanked through gratitude dinners

December 22, 2021

As the end of the year draws near, organizations in Ontario held dinners to show support and gratitude to the temporary foreign workers who play a vital role during the harvest season. As the migrant workers prepared to head home…

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20 years of kairos moments for migrant justice #KAIROS20

December 21, 2021

I started working for KAIROS in November 1997 when it wasn’t yet called KAIROS. I was employed by the Inter-Church Action for Development, Relief and Justice (ICA), which served as the ecumenical funding arm of the churches and was one of the ten ecumenical organizations that became KAIROS in 2001.  I served as…

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Welcoming new partners to the ETFW project

November 2, 2021

With the next phase of the Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers During COVID-19 Project in progress, KAIROS Canada would like to highlight new partners that have joined us for Phase 2!   The Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic/C.A.R.E for International Workers Program assists temporary foreign…

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A day of thanks for Uxbridge Nurseries farm and its migrant workers

November 2, 2021

It was a beautiful day on October 17 for a drive to the Uxbridge/Brooklin area to partake at a Thanksgiving lunch for migrant workers, hosted by KAIROS’ Community Partner, Migrant Worker Solidarity Program at ACDR (Aids Committee for Durham Region), one of 15 partners of KAIROS’ Empowering Temporary…

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KAIROS Mandate Letters to the Prime Minister of Canada

October 25, 2021

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,  We at KAIROS write to you during a kairos moment, when multiple crises have converged and opportunities arise for transformational change. In our work we advocate for such change in elevating the rights and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, women, temporary foreign workers, and ecological systems.   The climate crisis and COVID-19,…

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Giving thanks to migrant workers, meaningfully

October 4, 2021

Migrant workers were very much present in Leamington when I drove through its streets one Sunday in September. It was their day off, and they were busily grocery shopping, banking and socializing.    These workers are vital to this agricultural community, located south of Windsor and home to the…

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MEDIA RELEASE: KAIROS’ empowering migrant workers project receives new federal funding

October 1, 2021

Government of Canada injects $1.896M into KAIROS’ Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers during COVID-19 project (Ottawa – unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabek (original) People’s) – The Government of Canada has awarded KAIROS Canada $1,896,308 to continue its successful Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers during COVID-19 project to support…

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Celebrating migrant workers in Leamington, ON

September 23, 2021

On Sunday, September 12, the KAIROS Canada Migrant Justice team traveled to Leamington, Ontario to celebrate Grito de Dolores, or Mexico’s Independence Day. Hosted by the Migrant Worker Community Program, the event was an opportunity for migrant workers from the farms around Leamington to enjoy the summer evening, relax, listen to…

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In loving memory of Francisco Rico-Martinez

August 25, 2021

For everything there is a season,A time for every activity under heaven:A time to be born and a time to die.Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  KAIROS joins the refugee, migrant, and social justice community in Canada in expressing our heartfelt condolences to Loly Rico, her family, and the staff and community of the…

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Migration and Precarity Policy Brief

June 13, 2021

In partnership with Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS), the Health and Immigration Policies and Practices Research Program (HIPP) recently completed a study on the transition of temporary foreign workers to other statuses, including permanent resident, student and undocumented migrant status.  The report…

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Invaluable foreign migrant workers need status

June 9, 2021

Permanent residency would mean: full benefits; the freedom to leave abusive employers without fear of deportation and lost income; and a gateway to citizenship. Foreign migrant workers are integral to Canada’s economic and social fabric. This became obvious when the…

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Letter to PM on a Regularization Program for Non-Status Temporary Foreign Workers

May 25, 2021

KAIROS applauds the Government of Canada for recently opening permanent residency applications to 50,000 temporary foreign workers (TFWs) with status in health care and other essential sectors. KAIROS, however, recognizing the urgent need to broaden the scope of this opportunity…

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KAIROS supports temporary foreign workers at Toronto Pearson Airport

May 18, 2021

New offering part of the federally funded Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers during COVID-19 project  (Ottawa, ON) – KAIROS is adding airport support services to its Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers (ETFW) during COVID-19 project to welcome, inform and assist arriving migrant workers on COVID-19 quarantine measures, vaccinations, and additional supports.   Funded by the Government of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program, KAIROS’ ETFW…

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KAIROS’ response to federal budget 2021

May 4, 2021

Heralded as a shift from the Washington Consensus, a doctrine of free-market economic policies that prioritizes austerity over social support, Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience outlines $101.4 billion in new spending targeted at those who were hit hard by pandemic – specifically women. While KAIROS applauds the shift to greater social…

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New resource centre for migrant farm workers opens in Simcoe

May 3, 2021

From an article published in the Hamilton Spectator on April 30, 2021. The Centre for Migrant Worker Solidarity opens in Simcoe. They are a KAIROS partner of the Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers (ETFW) during COVID-19 project. This project is funded…

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Online ecumenical meetings to support migrant workers

April 29, 2021

An invitation to all churches and church representatives   More and more migrant farm workers are arriving every day and they need our support this year more than ever. We are all feeling the stress of year 2 of the pandemic…

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KAIROS responds to federal plan to grant permanent residency to temporary foreign workers

April 21, 2021

The federal government’s plan to grant permanent residency to more than 90,000 temporary foreign workers and graduated international students is long-awaited welcome news. This move will help safeguard the safety and security of migrant workers who are invaluable to Canada, especially during the pandemic.    Unfortunately, because the plan applies only to individuals with valid work permits, it means thousands of undocumented workers are in…

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Letter to the Editor: Ottawa to grant residency to 90,000 workers, students

April 19, 2021

Published in The Globe and Mail on April 19, 2021. Re: Ottawa To Grant Residency To 90,000 Workers, Students The federal government’s plan to grant permanent residency to more than 90,000 temporary foreign workers and graduated international students is long-awaited welcome…

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Request for collaboration for supporting temporary foreign workers

February 23, 2021

The Request for Collaboration is now closed due to overwhelming response. Thank you for your interest. For those who have already submitted a request we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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History of migrant workers’ outreach at Carlisle/Kilbride United Churches

February 18, 2021

Every year they arrive from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean islands.   Our migrant workers come to our shores to labour in our local nurseries and crop farms to provide the workforce so essential to the economy…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Federal funds aid KAIROS and partner support to agriculture workers

February 17, 2021

$2.1M in funding to assist temporary foreign workers who are affected by COVID   (Ottawa, ON) – KAIROS Canada is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada has awarded it $2.18 million to support and to assist temporary foreign workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on the agricultural sector.  Funded by the Government of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program,…

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