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Migrant Workers

Provides information, referrals, and representation

Migrant Workers Program

During COVID-19, Migrant Workers Program staff are running modified services and working remotely to maintain social distancing. Please contact us as usual and we will respond as soon as possible.

The Migrant Workers program promotes legal education and increasing awareness among migrant workers about their rights and responsibility in the workplace.

We have established a network of service providers throughout BC to make sure that relevant information on the rights and obligations of temporary foreign workers are presented to them in a consistent and timely manner. 

Our program assists migrant workers on a one-on-one basis as well as in group educational sessions.

Services for Migrant Workers

  • Ensure that relevant information on the rights, responsibilities and obligations of the migrant workers are presented to them in a consistent and timely manner
  • Assistance with premature or noncompliance work permits
  • Guiding workers through the WorkSafeBC process if they are injured
  • Assistance in completing parental or sickness applications
  • Access to information sessions and health fairs to increase awareness and education
  • Ensure legal redress for migrant workers by working with lawyers and other legal professionals, organizations, and government agencies of all levels
  • Identify, assess, and address policies and legislation to improve the working conditions of migrant workers
  • Network with service providers in BC and conduct information sessions to highlight the main issues affecting migrant workers

Migrant Workers Rights & Responsibilities

  • You have the same rights as Canadians including a safe workplace and access to good housing and working conditions.
  • An employer is responsible to provide signage or explanations in a language you can understand.
  • If you’re injured, you must report your injury within 72 hours and seek medical help.
  • You should not drive without a valid driver’s license.
  • You must be properly trained to operate machinery and in using dangerous chemicals.
  • Your employer can deduct Employment Insurance, Canada Pension, and Income tax from your paycheck. Any other deductions can be made as per contract or with your agreement.

Who We Help

  • Migrant workers and their employers

To Access the program

  • Please call us for more information

Did You Know?

While the Migrant Workers program is new, Archway has been providing legal aid and advocacy for farm workers for almost 50 years.

Contact Info

LegalAdvocacy@archway.ca

Gurcharan or Sarbjit (English, Hindi & Punjabi)
604.859.7681 Ext: 307 or 315

Claudia (English & Spanish)
778.808.8883

Hours of Operation

9:00am – 4:30pm
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Address

Archway Community Services
2420 Montrose Avenue
Abbotsford, BC V2S 3S9

In Partnership With:

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Migrant Worker Support Network 

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