'Welcoming the World to Vancouver': Temporary Foreign Workers on the Canada Line Construction Project
(2009-2010) 15:3 Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal 541-554
Posted: 14 Feb 2013
Date Written: 2010
In the past decade Canada has seen an increase in the use of temporary foreign workers in sectors of the labour market other than the traditional fields of agricultural labour and domestic work.
This comment focuses on a series of discrimination complaints arising out of one of these projects - the boring of a tunnel for a major expansion of rapid transit in the city of Vancouver (the Canada Line). These complaints (which are still proceeding through the appeal process) succeeded, but only in part. The author uses them as a vehicle for considering the interaction between Canada's discrimination and collective bargaining laws, and for reflecting on what discrimination on the basis of national origin means in a globalized labour market. She argues that the BC Human Rights Tribunal was correct to reject the argument that globalized wage market could be a defence to workplace discrimination under Canadian human rights law.
Keywords: Canada, Labour law, Temporary Foreign Workers
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