MIGRANT JUSTICE Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers during COVID-19

About the project

Welcome to the Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers During COVID-19 Project. This page is an information hub for the ETFW project and features updates about its progress, information about our partners, and resources to assist migrant workers. For updates on webinars and information sessions and other activities, please see the KAIROS events calendar.  

About the project: 

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program, this project targets temporary foreign workers working in the Maritimes and Ontario and ends on December 15, 2021. Last year, the Government of Canada funded the first phase of the ETFW project that ran from December 17, 2020 to June 30, 2021, with a one-month extension to July 31. In May, the project expanded to include airport support services to welcome and assist temporary foreign workers arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport by providing information on COVID-19 quarantine measures, vaccinations, and additional supports. This service will continue under the new agreement with the Government of Canada. 

Approximately 25,000 temporary foreign workers were served under this project during the first half of 2021. In the current project, KAIROS is partnering with 15 community grassroots organizations that support migrant workers in the three Maritime provinces and across Ontario, with expansion to the Windsor-Essex region. The project will serve an anticipated 7,000 temporary foreign workers, including up to 1000 at Toronto Pearson International Airport (TPIA). 

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 migrantjustice@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.”