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Permanently Temporary: Temporary Foreign Workers

Date and time

2010.02.04, all-day


Canada’s Changing Attitude to Citizenship and Immigration

OCASI, CERIS and Social Planning Toronto will co-host the 2010 Research Roundtable. The event will bring together community-based organizations, researchers, policy analysts and activists to share information on current research initiatives, discuss opportunities for collaboration, and explore the possibility of connecting research and community work to policy change in face of the impacts of a rapidly expanding temporary foreign worker program in Ontario.

8:30 – Registration

Location: Room 308/9
– Poster set up
Location: Room 304
9:00 – Call to order, Welcome – Valerie Preston, CERIS York Director
Location: Room 308/9
9:05 – Remarks from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Darlyn Mentor
9:10 – Remarks from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Assistant Deputy Minister Katherine Hewson
9:15 – Opening Remarks – Mayor David Miller: Diversity and Immigration
9:30 – Keynote Introduction – Valerie Preston, CERIS York Director
9:35 – Keynote Theme: Permanently Temporary: Temporary Foreign Workers and Canada’s Changing Attitude to Citizenship and Immigration
* Yessy Byl, Alberta Federation of Labour, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
Moderator: Usha George, Ryerson University
10:10 – Questions
10:25 – Break
10:40 – Panel 1 Theme: Global Picture Local Snapshots
Location: Room 308/9
* Salimah Valiani, St. Christopher House
* Jenna Hennebry, Wilfrid Laurier University
* Kerry Preibisch, University of Guelph
Moderator: Karen Charnow Lior, Toronto Workforce Innovation Group
11:30 – Questions
12:00 – Lunch
Location: Room 308/9
– Poster Session
Location: Room 304
1:00 – Panel 2, 3 and 4
Panel 2: Income Security and Labour Responses to TFWs
Location: Room 308/9
* Luin Goldring, York University
* Patricia Landolt, University of Toronto
* Naveen Mehta, United Food & Commercial Workers Canada
* Sonia Singh, Workers’ Action Coalition
Moderator: John Shields, Ryerson University
Panel 3: Social Service Impacts and Implications
Location: Room 303
* Soheila Pashang, Seneca College
* Janet McLaughlin, International Migration Research Centre
* Maya Roy, Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto
* Chris Ramsaroop, Justicia for Migrant Workers
Moderator: Tonika Morgan, Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Panel 4: Agency and Organizational Service Delivery Implications
Location: Room 302
* Naomi Alboim, Queens University/Maytree Foundation
* Ken Jeffers, City of Toronto
* Maureen Fair, St. Christopher House
* Francisco Rico-Martinez, FCJ Refugee Centre
Moderator: Alina Chatterjee, Toronto Community Housing Corporation
2:45 – Break
3:00 – Wrap Session: Reflection on the day
Location: Room 308/9
* Yessy Byl, Alberta Federation of Labour, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
* Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute
* Fariah Chowdhury, No One Is Illegal
* Naomi Alboim, Queens University/Maytree Foundation
* Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Moderator: Debbie Douglas, OCASI
3:55 – Concluding Remarks
John Campey, SPT
4:00 – End




Toronto Metro Hall


55 John St








  • SPT Event (http://socialplanningtoronto.org/2010-permanently-temporary-registration/)


programs, policy, migrant workers, canada

Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Other

Content types

Policy analysis and Documented cases of abuse

Target groups

Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Labour standards, Health and safety at work, Newcomers integration programs, Health care & social services, and Social security

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, and Federal