Wébinaire: Accès des travailleurs migrants et mobiles aux soins de santé (En anglais seulement)

Disponible en anglais seulement - What are the health challenges of those engaged in « mobile » work? What difficulties arise when care providers treat these workers and how can we improve primary care provision? What health care barriers do migrant agricultural workers face and what strategies can be used to overcome them?

Migrant and Mobile Workers’ Access to Healthcare

Date et heure: Mardi le 15 juin de midi à 14h HNE 

Description: What are the health challenges of those engaged in « mobile » work? What difficulties arise when care providers treat these workers and how can we improve primary care provision? What health care barriers do migrant agricultural workers face and what strategies can be used to overcome them?

Join Dr. Elise Thorburn and Dr. Janet McLaughlin, as they examine these questions and share the results of their respective research.

Registration: This is a free webinar open to the public. Registration is required. Please complete the online registration form and a confirmation email containing the webinar login details will be sent to you. For assistance, please contact [email protected].



Barbara Neis,John Lewis Paton Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Senior Research Associate, SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Presentation title: A Going Concern: Healthcare Provision and Mobile Workers

Dr. Elise Thorburn, Medical Student, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Those engaged in « mobile » work (extended commutes and rotational work) have found particular health challenges emerging. Work does impact health, and these impacts have become especially stark during the Covid 19 pandemic. This presentation will discuss the results of qualitative research conducted with mobile workers about the impacts of their jobs and their commutes, alongside insights gleaned from treating mobile workers in the primary care settings of rural and urban Emergency Departments and family physicians’ offices. In so doing, this presentation highlights difficulties that arise for care providers and suggests areas for improvements in primary care provision.

Presentation title: Health Care Barriers for Migrant Agricultural Workers and Strategies to Overcome Them 

Dr. Janet McLaughlin, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health, Wilfrid Laurier University, & Research Associate, International Migration Research Centre; Co-Founder of the Migrant Worker Health Project and the Migrant Worker Health Expert Working Group (www.migrantworker.ca

Description: Over 50,000 migrant workers, primarily from Mexico and the Caribbean, come to Canada each year to work in agriculture. Facing numerous social determinants of health issues that place them at heightened risk of illness and injury, they also experience unique barriers to accessing healthcare and workers’ compensation. These issues have only been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, in which migrant agricultural workers have experienced disproportionately high levels of infection. This presentation will provide an overview of the key barriers to healthcare and workers’ compensation for this population and offer examples of innovative solutions that help to address them.

Links to articles that presentations will be based on:

  1. McLaughlin, Janet, Jenna Hennebry and Ted Haines (2014)Paper versus Practice: Occupational Health and Safety Protections and Realities for Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers in Ontario. Pistes: Interdisciplinary Journal of Work and Health 16(2): 2-17
  2. McLaughlin, Janet and Michelle Tew (2018). Migrant Farm Worker Health Care: Unique Strategies for a Unique Population. Under-Served: Health Determinants of Indigenous, Inner-City, and Migrant Populations in Canada. Neil Arya and Thomas Piggott (eds.), Scholars’ Press: pp. 553-26.
  3. Hennebry, Jenna, Janet McLaughlin and Kerry Preibisch (2016). ‘Out of the Loop’: (In)access to Health Care for Migrant Workers in Canada. Journal of International Migration and Integration (JIMI); 17(2): pp. 521-38.
  4. Haley, Ella, Susana Caxaj, Glynis George, Jenna L. Hennebry, Eliseo Martell, and Janet McLaughlin) (2020). Migrant Farmworkers Face Heightened Vulnerabilities During COVID-19. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 9 (3): 35–39.
  5. Cole, Donald, Janet McLaughlin, Jenna Hennebry, and Michelle Tew (2019). Precarious patients: health professionals’ perspectives on providing care to Mexican and Jamaican migrants in Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program. Rural and Remote Health 19(4) · December.

These events are organized as part of the Policy and Practice in Return to Work after a Work Injury: Challenging Circumstances and Innovative Solutions research program.