The Migrant Voices project is a collection of audio testimonies about the experiences of people who come to Canada as im/migrant workers. These testimonies are linked on this page.
As much as possible, we have endeavored to present these testimonies in English, Frenchand Spanish but not all recordings are yet available in all languages.
Please note that this page is under construction.
The Immigrant Workers’ Centre presents the story of a Filipino machinist who came to Canada through the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program.
His identity is confidential due to the precarity of his status and the threat of retribution by employers.
Noé Arteaga Santos came to Canada as a temporary foreign worker, but he was fired and deported to Guatemala after he helped organize a work-stoppage to get medical attention for a fellow worker. He is now seeking refugee status in Canada and is demanding justice from his former employer.
In this interview, Noé tells his story.
The Immigrant Workers Centre presents the vivid testimony of a temporary agency worker about the dangerous and difficult conditions he faced on the job in Montreal. Interview by Noé Arteaga, followed by discussion by IWC volunteer Yumna Siddiqi and workshops coordinator Leah Freeman. This segment aired on CKUT, 90.3 FM on Monday June 2, 2012.
In this interview, a Filipina who came to Canada through the Live-In Caregiver program discusses her struggles as a migrant worker.
A Mexican man recounts his experience working as a butcher for up to 80 hours per week in slave-like conditions. His boss controlled his immigration papers and bank account, and denied him access to health care.
When he quit his job after three years, his boss refused to relinquish his temporary work visa, forcing him to work without legal status in Montreal. He describes this experience as “a thousand times more exploitative than in the United States,” where he had worked without status for many years.
“Certainly one could compare it to slavery, and I’ve been able to understand in my time here that just by an individual’s skin colour, when I go to the placement agency, there’s work for those that are black, and there’s work for those that are white.” -A temp agency worker describes his experience working at a Dollarama