Fundamental Rights for Household and Farm Workers
Household and farm workers provide an essential contribution to the economy and society. For those in Canada still under foreign worker status, restrictive measures infringe on their fundamental rights. The RHFW works to end that injustice.
Through strategic litigation, research, advocacy-education activities, and reference services, RHFW works to advance the rights of household and farm workers, particularly on these four core issues (as outlined in a 5-minute presentation to the Canadian Senate Committee on Social Affairs):
Right to change employers
No debt bondage (no facilitation of debt with private agent or employer)
Right to family unity (automatic open work/study permits for partner/children)
Independent access upon arrival to permanent status + universal procedure for status regularization
The RHFW does not specialize in individualized legal advice and support services. For more information on organizations operating specifically at this level, please consult our section Reference Services.
While the RHFW works towards increased recognition of migrant household and farm workers’ rights in Quebec and the rest of Canada, we recognize that the work and life conditions we seek to improve take place on unceded indigenous territory. We further wish to acknowledge that our headquarters are situated on the unceded traditional territory of First peoples. Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal has long served as a place for gathering and exchanging for many First Nations, in particular the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk), a founding nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) People. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community. We stand in support of indigenous efforts, for the protection of their land and for recognition of their rights.
Association for the Rights of Household and Farm Workers (DTMF-RHFW)
1340 St Joseph Blvd E,