In April 2007, there was a very serious accident at a worksite near Fort McMurray, Alberta. Two workers were killed and 2 others were seriously injured. They were all Temporary Foreign Workers from China.

Their employer, SSEC Canada Ltd., failed to ensure the safety of the workers. A judge ordered the company to pay a large penalty. Most of this money went towards creating the New Alberta Workers program.

We remember these workers and their families: Liu Hongliang, Ge Genbao, Li Ruiming, and Wang Dequan, as we work to improve workplace health and safety for Temporary Foreign Workers and other New to Alberta Workers.

   
In April 2007, there was a very serious accident at a worksite near Fort McMurray, Alberta. Two workers were killed and 2 others were seriously injured. They were all Temporary Foreign Workers... read more

NAW program wraps up

New Alberta Workers was a 40-month program created to help new to Alberta workers (immigrants, refugees, and people who come on a temporary work permit - TFWs) to know more about their Health and Safety rights as workers.

The New Alberta Workers program, a collaboration between the Alberta Workers' Health Centre, the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary, and the Edmonton Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative, is now wrapping up.

We have learned much from our partner organizations who have helped us research, develop, and deliver this program to approximately 3000 immigrant, refugee and migrant workers across the province. We have also learned a great deal from the workers themselves, the barriers they face to accessing their rights to safe, healthy and fair workplaces, and the need for peer-based, culturally appropriate, and learner-centred approaches to education, as well as the need to provide a continuum of supports for new Alberta workers.

Though the funding has run out, we continue to look for ways to carry on with this important work. 

Our final report and recommendations coming out of the program will be made available on the Alberta Workers' Health Centre website once the program is fully wrapped up at the end of May 2017.

We wish to thank all of the people who worked so hard to deliver workshops to new Alberta workers across the province.

 

In Alberta, we have the right to a safe workplace.

If you feel unsafe at work, or have questions about health and safety at your workplace, please contact:

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Contact Centre:

1-866-415-8690 (toll-free)
780-415-8690 (Edmonton)

All calls to OHS are confidential (secret)

New Alberta Workers is a collaboration between
Alberta Workers’ Health Centre
Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary
Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative