MIGRANT JUSTICE Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers during COVID-19

About the project

Welcome to the Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers During COVID-19 Project site. The ETFW Project has concluded as of September 30th, 2022. KAIROS Canada extends our gratitude to all those who supported the work of the project including our community partners and the Government of Canada.

Our community partners continue to offer support across Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. To get in contact with an organization to support you in your area, please visit the ETFW Partner Organizations page.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 regulations and resources to support you with staying safe while you are in Canada, visit:

For information about your safety and rights while working in Canada, visit our documents and messages page and our video resources.

About the project: 

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program, this project utilized a community coordinated approach to support workers in the Maritimes and Ontario and ended in September 2022. More than 150,000 temporary foreign workers were served under the ETFW Project.

The Government of Canada funded the ETFW project that ran from December 17, 2020 to September 30, 2022.With this funding, KAIROS partnered with 14 community grassroots organizations to support migrant workers in three Maritime provinces and across Ontario.

 In May 2021, the project expanded to include support services at Toronto Pearson International Airport to welcome, inform, and assist arriving migrant workers within the context of COVID-19. This service provided workers with crucial information on testing, isolation and quarantine requirements, and community supports.

For more information, read the full press release – Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers During COVID-19 Project.  

If you are a temporary foreign worker in Ontario or the Maritimes, and are in need of information, support or assistance to access services, please contact the partner organization closest to you

For inquiries about the project, please contact us at migrant-justice@kairoscanada.org 

“People brought to Canada from overseas to work here are often not aware of or are unable to access available services or advocate for themselves if their rights are violated, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

This project is funded by the Government of Canada.