Increasing numbers of people around the world are engaged in precarious labour characterized by low wages, limited or non-existent health and social benefits, inadequate regulation, and elevated exposure to workplace health hazards. In Canada, vulnerable and/or marginalized groups, including migrant workers and newcomers, are disproportionately affected by precarity. Pervasive precarity can affect socioeconomic well-being, physical and mental health, career opportunities, risk of workplace injury and harms, personal family relationships, and housing and food security.
The Work, Migration and Health Forum 2018 examines the labour experiences of temporary foreign workers, new immigrants, refugees, working international students and undocumented migrants, and explores opportunities for effective interventions. Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Research Associate Dr. Basak Yanar is one of the keynote speakers, and she is discussing newcomers’ experiences looking for work and finding information about health and safety.
The forum is hosted by Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the Global Migration and Health Initiative. IWH and the Wellesley Institute are sponsors of the forum.