Blog Post: June 15, 2020
Parkland Institute report on migrant workers living without status
The beginning of the 21st century saw a surge in migrant workers coming to Canada to take on various jobs under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). At its peak, there were as many as 400,000 Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) in Canada, with about 77,000 of them residing in Alberta. Alberta had the most TFWs in the nation per capita. Within the last five years, due to economic downturns and changes in federal policy, the TFWP has been severely curtailed with many migrant workers losing their status, with just 32,000 migrant workers holding a work permit by 2018. While a number of people returned to their country of origin, a smaller contingent decided to stay.The Parkland Institute’s recent report, In the Shadows: Living and Working Without Status in Alberta, seeks to understand the situation for those who have remained in Alberta who have lost their status and offer ideas for how their lives can be made better, both in the short-term and the long-term. It is estimated that there are between 10,000 to 20,000 migrant workers from the TFWP living in Alberta who have lost their status.
Join our Team as a Summer Research Assistant!
The Edmonton Social Planning Council, a charitable, non-profit social research and advocacy agency founded in 1940, is seeking a Summer Student Research Assistant, Summer Position for an 8-week, full-time, temporary summer position between July 6th and August 28th, 2020 (inclusive).
You can still submit your cover letter and resume no later than 11:59PM on June 15th, 2020 (today!). We thank applicants in advance for their submissions but will only contact those selected for interviews.
WINning: The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of Opening a Women’s Shelter
Marsha Mildon, a former staff member of the Edmonton Social Planning Council during the 1970s, has written a new book about the history of the WIN House. “WINning: The Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs of Opening a Women’s Shelter.” The book tells the story of how a disparate group of women (and a few men) saw a need to help women and young girls coming to Edmonton with no place to go, and found a way to address that need through pure determination in the late 1960s/early 1970s, at a time when the concept of a women’s shelter was an unknown entity.
The Edmonton Social Planning Council played an early role in the organization’s formation in the late 1960s, providing intensive staff assistance for the shelter, particularly for the training of the large volunteer corps.
The shelter adopted a low- or no-barrier model, which welcomed any women in need of shelter, even if they are self-medicating. This is considered best practice today.
More information about the book can be found here: http://www.enable.org/winning/
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