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Canadian regulations governing TFWs' rights
Ratification of the Convention of Migrant Workers
Human rights of migrant women
Temporary foreign workers' rights (TFWs)
Protection of migrant workers' rights
International standards relating to the protection of migrant workers' rights
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
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Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Macovei, Lidia
Supervisor and department
Carver, Peter (Faculty of Law)
Examining committee member and department
DeCoste, Frederick (Faculty of Law)
Wolfe, Ruth (School of Public Health Sciences)
Faculty of Law
Immigration Law
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Graduation date
Master of Laws
Degree level
During the last decade, Canada experienced unequal economic growth. As result, the Canadian government expanded its Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which led to an essential change of its purpose, making it easier for employers to recruit temporary foreign workers for low-skilled jobs. In practice, TFWs are quite vulnerable without access to the same rights and privileges as Canadian citizens or permanent residents. The purpose of this thesis is to analyze whether the Canadian government respects the rights of TFWs through its domestic regulations and if such laws protect the rights of TFWs in practice. The thesis goal is to determine if the economic interest of the Canadian government and employers can be matched with international migrant rights’ standards. It investigates international standards related to the protection of human rights, including covenants, international treaties, and human rights committees. This thesis also discusses similar programs governing TFWs in America, Germany, and Australia.
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