Legal Advocacy Program
The Legal Advocacy Program is a partnership program between Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) and Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society.
Who We Are
The Legal Advocacy Program has two Legal Advocacy Workers, one at Abbotsford Community Services and the other at Progressive Inter-cultural Community Services to address the unique needs of the seasonal worker communities in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley Regions.
- To provide legal information, education, awareness and access to seasonal farm workers in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley area
- To provide research and analysis on policies and law (Municipal, Provincial, and Federal) which deny equitable treatment to the seasonal farm workers
- To advocate and lobby for changes in such policies
- To liaise, enhance and coordinate with existing Agricultural Worker Advisory Committee, and other support/reference based consortiums
- Ongoing educational workshops to workers to inform them of their rights and responsibilities in the workplace
- Agriculture Worker’s Resource Center at both organizations
- Translate publications in Punjabi and other languages if needed
- To work in partnership with legal professional to ensure legally redress for seasonal farm workers.
- Poor working conditions
- Non Payment of wages
- Cyclical Nature of employment
- Multiple barriers in employment
- Inadequate Housing
- Unsafe transportation
- Health & Safety Hazards
- Cultural Sensitivity and Harassment
- Lack of childcare facilities
- Lack of information on Employment Standards, Worker’s Compensation, Employment Insurance, Tenancy and legal redress.