To commemorate International Migrants Day on Sunday, December 18, the Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregivers Rights (CDWCR) and other migrant-support groups will hold a rally in downtown Vancouver (gathering in front the CBC Building on 700 Hamilton, between Georgia and Robson Streets) starting at 9:30 AM.
CDWCR has been working for the last 30 years to improve the immigration status of migrants and temporary foreign workers. Although migrants have achieved some improvements for their work conditions, their biggest problem is still to be resolved – permanent residency for migrants.
One of Prime Minister Trudeau’s election promises was to regularize undocumented migrants and ensure permanent resident status for migrant students and workers. However, deportations, abuse and exploitation of migrant workers continue to this day. Migrants believe that justice is only possible with permanent resident status for all migrants now, and a complete overhaul of the immigration system so that no one is temporary or undocumented in the future.
Hopefully, change may be coming. The migrant groups collective action has forced Prime Minister Trudeau and federal Ministers to discuss regularization in the coming weeks. First a parliamentary committee of 14 Ministers and then all the Ministers will be making a decision on who is included.
Migrant groups request support from all Canadians to call on Provincial and Federal governments to regularize all undocumented migrants and ensure permanent resident status for all migrants regardless of their immigration status.
Together, let us take actions this week to make sure Prime Minister Trudeau keeps his promise:
(1) Send emails: Nearly 22,000 people have already sent messages to Cabinet Ministers. Please keep signing and sharing: www.StatusForAll.ca. We have heard from many Ministers that they are paying attention.
(2) Show Cabinet Ministers that Status for All matters in their riding: Click here for addresses of Cabinet Ministers and to download posters you can put up in their riding.
(3) Send an organizational letter: If you are part of a group or organization, use this template to send a letter to all Cabinet Ministers. Click here for template letter.
MAKE A PHONE CALL: Leave a phone message for Prime Minister Trudeau and as many Ministers as you can. Click here for numbers and script.
MONTREAL, QC - RSVP now!
Monday, December 19, 2022, 2 to 5 pm
Public Debate: Campaign for the Regularization of Non-status Migrants
- In person: Université de Montréal (3200 Rue Jean-Brillant, room B-4290), as well as on Zoom and Facebook.
SHEDIAC, NB - RSVP Now!
11am, Friday, December 16, 2022
328 Main St Suite I, Minister Dominc LeBlanc’s Office
Letter Delivery for Status for All
TORONTO, ON - RSVP Now!
10am, Friday, December 16, 2022
511 Lawrence Avenue West, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino’s Office
Rally and petition delivery to stop the deportations and call for Status for All
VANCOUVER, BC - RSVP Now!
9:30am, Sunday, December 18, 2022
700 Hamilton Street, In front of CBC, near Vancouver Public Library
Commemorating International Migrants Day and Calling for Status for All
ALBERTA - RSVP Now!
6pm, December 18, 2022
Online. Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Support Kerian Burnett in Nova Scotia
Kerian Burnett was diagnosed with cervical cancer on September 16, 2022. Cancer is a big enough fight for anyone, but for Kerian and other migrant farm workers in Nova Scotia, it’s an even tougher battle because they don’t have healthcare coverage. WATCH HER STORY: https://youtu.be/pe1jtNSQcgI
In Nova Scotia, migrant workers must have a one-year work permit to be eligible for public healthcare (MSI). This means that migrant farm workers in the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) are not eligible, because their contracts are only up to 8 months.
No One Is Illegal - Halifax/Kjipuktuk is calling on NS Health Minister Michelle Thomson to grant Kerian and all migrant workers in Nova Scotia access to MSI. Share their call to action on Facebook; Twitter and Instagram
Open Work Permit for Family Members of Migrants
Because or our collective action, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced a new work permit program for spouses and working aged children of migrants starting in January 2023.
Very few details have been announced and many people are spreading incorrect information online. Add your email to this page and Migrant Workers Alliance for Change will send you information when it is announced: https://