Issues facing migrant workers to be addressed at P.E.I. public forum

Published on March 16, 2017

Toronto human rights lawyer Fay Faraday is the keynote speaker for a public forum on the rights of migrant workers on March 27 in Charlottetown.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — A public forum will be held March 27 to address issues facing migrant workers in P.E.I.

The public, organizations and faith communities are invited to the forum organized by the Cooper Institute at the Farm Centre on University Avenue in Charlottetown from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Rights, Faith, and Policy: A Public Forum on Migrant Worker Issues” is part of a growing movement to shed light on the ways Canadian laws constrain migrant workers’ rights and to build protections and supports.

The keynote speaker for this event is Fay Faraday, a social justice lawyer from Toronto who has published work on the law and migrant worker rights.

Organizers hope the event will help strengthen local supports for migrant workers and give more attention to the provincial campaign to ban exploitative recruitment fees often placed on them.

“We hope to bring together people from many different backgrounds to talk about the issues facing migrant workers here on P.E.I.,” said Josie Baker of Cooper Institute.

“This forum is an excellent opportunity for Islanders and policy makers to learn more about the effects of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and identify actions and steps forward that will support migrant workers.”

Those interested are asked to register by contacting the Cooper Institute at 902-894-4573 or visiting goo.gl/J0ovOI to register online.