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New Project to Provide Leadership Training and Accompaniment to Women Migrant Workers in PEI

Cooper Institute is a recipient of a 2014 Interministerial Women's Secretariat Grant

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Migrant Women Lead is part of the ongoing work of Cooper Institute of research, community engagement, and policy work on the issues surrounding the Temporary Foreign Worker program in PEI.

Cooper Institute is a recipient of a 2014 Interministerial Women's Secretariat Grant. Migrant Women Lead is part of the ongoing work of Cooper Institute of research, community engagement, and policy work on the issues surrounding the Temporary Foreign Worker program in PEI. Migrant workers who have come to PEI through the federal government's Temporary Foreign Worker Program face many barriers to the services the legal rights that they are entitled to.

The vulnerability of migrant workers stems from their temporary status and employer-dependent work permit. These and other vulnerabilities tend to manifest in benefits for Canadian employers, many of whom characterize migrant workers as “hard working.”

This project will provide leadership training and accompaniment to women migrant workers in PEI with the aim of building increased access to social, legal, and economic equality. Among the project activities are: a tool kit for migrant women's leadership, leadership training, and accompaniment in carrying out future actions. This project will enable and support migrant women to advocate for their rights and voice their concerns about existing Canadian policies.