Dr. Leah F. Vosko (co-lead, Closing the Gap, York University), Prof. Eric Tucker (co-investigator, Osgoode Law School), and Dr. Rebecca Casey (co-investigator, Acadia University) have published new research examining the enforcement of employment standards for agricultural migrant workers in Ontario.
Over 50,000 migrant agricultural workers are employed in Canada each year, almost half of whom are destined for the Province of Ontario. These workers are among the most vulnerable in the country and therefore most in need of labour and employment law protection. Drawing on an analysis of the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s (MOL’s) Employment Standards Information System (ESIS), their article illustrates how a complaint-based enforcement regime and an under resourced and poorly targeted inspectorate is ill-suited to the realization of rights among this group.
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