- Regulatory changes to make it easier for migrant workers to move between jobs thereby improving working and living conditions for Canadian born and migrant workers. Specifically:
- Transition from tied work permits to open work permits
- Remove limits on work permits and restrictions on Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA)
- Permanent resident immigration status upon arrival for migrant workers, without exclusions.
You can support this ongoing campaign by emailing Prime Minister Trudeau here.
(2) Landed Status Now: Care Workers Organize!
Care Workers are leading a campaign for Landed Status Now! Sign the petition right here.
Care Workers are calling on Canada to replace the broken Caregiver Program with a new program that will end precarious status, forced family separation, and exploitative working conditions while improving access to the critical care that Care Workers give to all Canadians. This requires creating a new permanent immigration stream for migrant Care Workers, and in the interim creating open work permits, removing discriminatory language, educational and medical requirements, and granting permanent residency to workers in the country.
Campaign Members: Caregivers Action Centre (Toronto); Caregivers Connection (Toronto); Alberta Careworkers Association (Edmonton); Migrante Alberta; Migrante Canada; Migrante Ottawa; PINAY Quebec ; Immigrant Workers Centre (Montreal); Association for the Rights of Household Workers (Montreal), Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregiver Rights (Vancouver) and Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (Canada).
(3) Disability Justice Now! Scrap Section 38(1)(c) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
Section 38(1)(c) reads “A foreign national is inadmissible on health grounds if their health condition is expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services,” in effect denying an entire family permanent status if any member of the family is sick or disabled. This discriminatory system has been in place since 2002, and an average of 1,000 people, and their families are rejected each year. As a result of organizing by many groups, the Federal government changed the rules but the discriminatory law still remains on the books.
You can sign the petition here.
(3) Farm Worker Justice
The Federal Government of Canada is studying the laws that control the lives of migrant agricultural workers in Canada. The study is happening throughout the summer and Fall of 2018. We are arranging meeting between migrant Farm Workers and Canada to demand permanent resident status on arrival.
Many migrant workers come to Canada under a work permit which only authorizes them to work for the employer listed on the document. Working for anyone else is considered illegal and puts the worker at risk of deportation. As a result, migrant workers are not free to change jobs without risk to their livelihood, which often their families depend on.
Imagine that you cannot get a second job when you’re in a crunch, and you can’t just quit a bad boss. Restrictive rules ban from hiring migrant workers in certain regions or industries – this means that workers can’t change jobs and stay in the same region, and employers can’t get workers. Many migrant workers have to leave after working in Canada for 4 years, and they are barred for the next 4 years. This creates a revolving door of new workers who aren’t aware of their rights, while employers must continuously re-train workers.
The precarious immigration status of migrant workers puts them in a very vulnerable situation. The fact that workers can be deported when they stand up for their rights means that they have no real voice in their workplaces. When one group of workers are silenced, the overall quality of all jobs fall.
While some migrant workers come to Canada without permanent residency and without their families, others arrive as permanent immigrants. This is a an unequal, two-tiered system which is discriminatory and undermines long-term stability for workers and the economy.
Canada needs an immigration system where all immigrants, especially migrant workers, come to Canada with permanent immigration status.