Enduring Work: Experiences with Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program – Dr. Catherine Connelly ’99

Catherine Connelly


Date & Time

May 31, 2023
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.






Andrew Pieon


If you believed most of what’s said about the Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker program, you might naturally assume that there is a trade-off between workers’ poor experiences with the program and employers’ significant benefits. In reality, the experiences of workers are far worse than is commonly acknowledged, while employers are not reaping as much benefit as the public might suppose.

In Enduring Work Catherine Connelly draws on over one hundred interviews with people connected to different aspects of this program, analyzing their experiences from the perspective of organizational behaviour and human resources management. She compares the lived reality of agricultural workers, in-home caregivers, and low- and high-wage workers, showing how and why each group is vulnerable to mistreatment, albeit in different ways. She further explores how employment agencies and immigration consultants contribute to program abuses. Critically, Enduring Work provides the perspectives of employers, distinguishing between the reluctant users of the program who follow the rules and the reckless users who do not.

Groundbreaking in its analysis of an issue very much in the news, Enduring Work unpacks the harms within Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program and offers nuanced strategies to improve it.

Join us!



1:45 pm – Webinar Begins
1:50 pm – Book presentation and discussion
2:35 pm –  Q&A
2:45 pm –  Webinar Concludes


You can purchase a copy of Catherine’s book here.

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