In 2016, ACT Alberta received funding from Public Safety Canada and a donation from Tammy Johnson to undertake research into the intricacies of labour trafficking in Edmonton.
Through interviews and focus groups with local experts, criminal justice representatives, government officials, service providers and others, this study has produced a local body of knowledge on the realities of labour trafficking in Edmonton.
It found that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is the primary vehicle by which labour trafficking occurs in Edmonton. Recruiters and employers manipulate this program and traffic workers both into and across Canada. Many businesses in Edmonton reap immense profits off the backs of victims of labour trafficking, who often work and live in deplorable conditions.