The Immigrant Workers Centre (IWC) in Montreal was founded in 2000 by a small group of Filipino-Canadian workers to defend the rights of immigrants in their places of work and to fight for dignity, respect and justice. The IWC provides educational workshops on labour rights and the rights of immigrants and temporary foreign workers. It also runs a weekly legal clinic and offers French and English language training. Through these educational programs, workers develop the skills and knowledge to navigate and familiarize themselves with labour law and social policies affecting immigrants and workers. Other topics include health and safety on the job, access to social programs, how to deal with abuse in the workplace and the rights of women.
Literacy and skills training helps workers access information which is essential in searching for employment opportunities, the availability of social programs and the right to legal accompaniment in defense of their rights.
PSAC locals AMURE, MUNACA and AMUSE, representing research, non-academic certified and support employees at McGill University have organized events in support of the Immigrant Workers Centre.