Talk examines how migrant workers are exploited in Canada

Migrant workers in the field

Packer Visiting Professor in Social Justice Fay Faraday will talk about the exploitation of migrant workers as part of the Global Labour Speaker Series.

Fay Faraday
Fay Faraday

Faraday’s talk, titled Profiting from the Precarious: How Recruitment Practices Exploit Migrant Workers, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 11:30am to 1:30pm, at S802 Ross Building, Keele campus.

The talk is based on Faraday’s recent report “Profiting from the Precarious” prepared for the Metcalf Foundation. The report draws on in-depth interviews with low-wage migrant workers in the Greater Toronto Area and southern Ontario, and community organizers in Canada and abroad. Faraday maps out migrant workers’ experiences of recruitment and analyzes how abusive recruitment practices resonate throughout a worker’s labour migration cycle. She demonstrates how Canada’s complaint-based laws fail to provide effective protection or enable workers to enforce their rights.

Faraday is a lawyer with an independent social justice practice in Toronto. She represents unions, community organizations and coalitions in constitutional litigation, human rights and labour. She has represented clients in constitutional litigation at all levels of court, including numerous cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. She also works collaboratively with community organizations and coalitions on strategic and policy advice.

Migrant workers
Migrant workers

Faraday holds an Innovation Fellowship with the Metcalf Foundation where she is engaged in legal and community-based research addressing the rights of migrant workers. Her reports “Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity” and “Profiting from the Precarious: How Recruitment Practices Exploit Migrant Workers” were published by the Metcalf Foundation in 2012 and 2014.

She is also a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and was the Visiting Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University from 2014 to 2016.

The talk is sponsored by the Global Labour Research Centre and co-sponsored by the departments of social science, sociology and geography in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

For more information, visit the Global Labour Research Centre website or e-mail