Thousands of racialized women come to Canada every year to take care of Canadian families. By law, we are tied to our employers, and it’s almost impossible for us to leave a bad job or get a new job when our elderly employers pass away. We face low wages and abuse. We are separated from our own families, often for 5 to 10 years, before we can apply to reunite with them here in Canada. Many of us are refused. Over 20,000 women are waiting to have their applications looked at. Now the program is set to expire. Tens of thousands of Care Workers may become undocumented.
Please courageously take action and send an email to the Immigration Minister right now and insist that Care Workers deserve permanent residency status, family unity and full rights. This is about human rights, it’s about Canada keeping its promises, and it’s about ensuring health and care for everyone.
Email to the Immigration Minister
Honorable Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen,
Care Work is the important work done by caregivers in the home; often by migrant workers under the Caregiver Program. This Care Work is the backbone of Canada’s labour market and social support systems. Without Care Work, the economy doesn’t work. Canada must create a national care strategy to ensure quality care for children, the elderly and people with disabilities. Decent work and permanent landed status on entry for the workers providing that care labour must be the foundation of Canada’s care system.
With the migrant Caregiver program set to expire in November 2019, thousands of racialized women are living in fear of becoming undocumented. They deserve answers and soon.
I am calling on you to create a Federal Workers Program for Care Workers as proposed by Care Workers organizations across the country to ensure that migrant Care Workers come to Canada with their families and permanent resident status (PR).
Current rules that make it harder to apply for PR and should be removed. This means no second medical, no high English language test, and no requirement for 1 year Canadian post-secondary education. Care Workers who lost their work permits and work without status must get PR too. No more laws that deny PR to an entire family if one person in the family has a disability. We want an end to the backlog; Caregivers who have completed their applications must get PR now. Care Workers already in Canada with 1 year of work completed should get permanent resident status as is the norm under other temporary work programs.
I strongly urge you to read what Care Workers are saying in this report and implement their recommendations as soon as possible.
I will be watching closely in 2019 to see what actions you take.
Landed Status Now: Care Workers Organize! Members – (email email@example.com to join)
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).