Many migrants are fired from work when they get sick or injured, forcing them to return home to live in poverty, and sometimes to die.
Live-in Caregivers are excluded from the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act while farm workers are not protected by industry-specific health and safety regulations.
Injured and ill migrants are seeing their workers compensation taken away when they return home. Workers are told to get a suitable job in Ontario and their compensation is cut when it is assumed they cannot comply – the WSIB calls this paradoxical and harmful practice “deeming”.
Everyone must be included in the “universal healthcare” system; farm workers need strong health and safety protection at work including compulsory Coroner’s Inquests in the case of deaths; caregivers must be included in occupational health and safety laws; the WSIB must give injured migrant workers the choice and means to stay in Ontario for health care and they must end “deeming” of workers who are abroad.