Fundamental Rights and Freedoms for All
Canada’s temporary foreign worker programs deny many domestic workers and farm workers their most basic and fundamental rights and freedoms. The RHFW works to end that.
Through research, education, and legal advocacy initiatives, the RHfW focuses on the following Issues:
Right to Change Employers
Fair and Regulated Recruitment
Equal Protection Under the Law
Independent Access to Permanent Residency
Our Current Work
Legal Advocacy Project
A significant number of household and farmworkers in Canada are temporary foreign workers. Canadian immigration policies restrict the right of these workers to freely change employers. These policies have been widely recognized as a central factor driving the abuse and mistreatment of workers. The RHFW is currently working on a constitutional challenge to these policies on the basis that they are incompatible with the rights guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The RHFW does not provide legal advice or support services to individuals. Consult our Resources Page for more information.
While the RHFW works towards increased recognition of migrant household and farm workers’ rights, we recognize that these workers are coming to work on unceded indigenous territory.
We 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 (RHFW)
1340 St Joseph Blvd E,