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Temporary Foreign Workers Program + Labour Exploitation

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Temporary Foreign Workers Program + Labour Exploitation

This training is composed of 6 modules that can be completed online at anytime, from anywhere for free and at your own pace within 6 months. Each module consists of teaching videos while providing access to applicable resources. In order to move on to the next module, a short multiple choice and true or false exam is required to test the knowledge gain by each student. Individuals who successful complete each module will receive a Certificate of Completion. This certificate takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.


Training Description 

This training focuses on providing information about Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program and the labor exploitation that sometimes takes place within. It also seeks to equip participants with tools and resources to support Temporary Foreign Workers who are being exploited for their labor. Participants will learn about Canada’s history of using migrant workers starting in pre-19th century until 1966 with the formal creation of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program. This training will explore the concepts of human trafficking and human smuggling while provide essential information about the industries that use migrant workers. Attention will be given to the identification and explanation of the signs of labour exploitation in the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program. Participants will also explore the importance of how to be an ally focusing on relationship building, developing a “30 second elevator pitch”, ways for The Salvation Army’s Family Services, Thrift Stores and Corps (churches) to get involved and key national resources and agencies that can help support and address exploitation.

Training Requirements

Required: Introduction to MSHT Certificate


Required Modules:

Module 1:
A (Brief) History of Migrant Labour in Canada – Explores Canada’s history of migrant workers starting in pre-19th century (colonization) moving up to and past World War II and to the formal creation of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program in 1966.

Module 2:
Stacey’s Story – Explains how Stacey (teacher/presenter) came to recognize the labour exploitation that was happening in agricultural farms employing Temporary Foreign Workers and how that shaped the support and work she engages in with migrant workers.

Module 3:
Foundation Building – Explores and explains the concepts of human trafficking and human smuggling while providing information about industries that use migrant workers, and introduces the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP). It also provides a case study of how a worker might qualify for SAWP in the sending country and the process by which they come to Canada.

Module 4:
Case Study – Participants will explore a case study of labor exploitation through the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.The purpose is to understand the gap between the promises that were made to workers and the reality they faced upon arrival, even with valid work permits.

Module 5:
Temporary Foreign Workers Program and Labour Exploitation – Examines the signs of labor exploitation that Temporary Foreign Workers may experience, which are specific to the agrricultural industry.

Module 6:
How to be an Ally – Explores how to be an ally to an individual experiencing labour exploitation through the Temporary Foreign Workers Program emphasising building relationships, the “30 second elevator pitch”, ways to get involve and support as a Family Service, Thrift Store and / or Corps (church). Practical instruction will be given on national resources and agencies that can help address the exploitation a Temporary Foreign Worker is experiencing while providing insight and consideration on the risks they may be taking in order to receive support.

Temporary Foreign Workers Program + Labour Exploitation Training

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