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A Temporary Worker

A temporary worker is a person who is hired to fill temporary labour and skill shortages (nannies, seasonal farm workers, etc). 

Sex work is work. However, migrant sex workers are being criminalized and discriminated. If you are working in the sex industry or massage parlours, you need to learn about your rights because you may face the issue of criminal laws, municipal laws and immigration laws.

Legal Information For Migrant Sex Workers

You may contact Butterfly Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network for more information at  for ease of reference to users. 

For more information about the Migrant workers alliance for change (which is in Ontario )

Workers action centre also provides trainings and supports to migrant workers

You may be eligible for health coverage through the government. However, if you do not qualify, your health coverage can be paid for either through your employer or private insurance that you purchase. If you do not have either of these, you may have to pay for health care and medication yourself.

In Ontario, you can dial 211 on your phone or visit 211 Ontario to find an ASO and other HIV/AIDS programs in your city or town. Use your location to find services near you.

You can also visit HIV 411 and search for an ASO using your postal code, or the name of your city or town.

To find a settlement agency near you, click here.

Your HIV status may affect your application to work in Canada. Canadian immigration law includes rules that may directly impact you if your health care costs are higher than the average Canadian.  You can find detailed information about these rules and how they affect people living with HIV in the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network’s resource Immigration and Travel to Canada for People Living with HIV: Questions and Answers.

To find an AIDS Service Organization (ASO) or other HIV/AIDS programs near you, call the Ontario AIDS & Sexual Health InfoLine. For information in English and many other languages call: 416-392-2437 or 1-800-668-2437 (toll-free in Ontario), and for French call: 1-800-267-7432 (toll-free in Ontario). The InfoLine is free and anonymous.




In Ontario, health care is confidential under the Personal Health Information Act. If you want to learn more about service providers’ privacy and confidentiality policies, do not be afraid to ask them directly.

If you do not have a lawyer and require legal advice, contact Legal Aid Ontario for assistance in over 200 languages call: 416-979-1446 or 1-800-668-8258 (toll-free). If you do not qualify for legal aid, you can find a lawyer by clicking here. People with HIV who are new to Ontario can get free legal advice and information about immigration from the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO). To talk to a lawyer about HIV and your immigration status, contact HALCO at 416-340-7790 or 1-888-705-8889 (toll-free in Ontario).