Take Action! Help foreign migrant workers stay in Canada.
Here’s your chance to make a lasting difference for foreign caregivers and all migrant workers and their families.
Canada’s Caregiver Pilot Program ends in November 2019. This presents a golden opportunity to urge Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to ensure that the new program safeguards the wellbeing of migrant caregivers, including the ability to become permanent residents, while also extending this support to all migrant workers.
Join thousands of Canadians and migrant workers in calling on the Canadian government to take action!
What is at Stake
For more than a century, Canada has brought in migrant women to manage households and care for children and the elderly. This need for migrant caregivers continues. It is never temporary.
Over the last 60 years, overseas caregivers have had to navigate Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program to apply for permanent residence, despite undergoing a thorough screening process prior to coming to Canada. This program has led to widespread complaints, well-documented cases of exploitation and abuse of caregivers by employers and recruiters, years of separation from families, and uncertainty about whether or when permanent residence will be granted.
Other migrant workers, who typically work in the agriculture and fish processing industries, are not even afforded the opportunity to apply for permanent residency. In some cases, this separation and the stress it creates has led to family breakdowns and mental health challenges.
Canada’s reputation as a fair and caring country is marred by current policies towards migrant labour. Let’s ensure that Canada’s reputation is matched by policies that help safeguard the wellbeing of all workers and their families.
We recognize that the government is working to improve conditions for caregivers and other foreign migrant workers. These improvements include reducing the application backlog for caregivers, eliminating the ‘4-in, 4-out’ rule for temporary foreign workers, and making changes to the medical admissibility clause. However, much more needs to be done.
Whether you write to key elected officials, encourage others to take action, and/or meet with your Member of Parliament, it WILL make a difference.
Please contact your Member of Parliament and the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and urge Canada to:
- Grant Permanent Residency on arrival to caregivers and their families, as well as other foreign migrant workers.
- Leave no one behind: Clear the application backlog, end medical inadmissibility, regularize the status of caregivers and other migrant workers who have become undocumented, and end education and language requirements.
OR – Mail your letter (no postage required):
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
You can find your MP here (simply type in your Postal Code): https://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members
Copy the following elected officials and mail each letter to the same address:
- The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
- Matt DeCourcey, IRCC Parliamentary Secretary
- Michelle Rempel, IRCC Critic, Conservative Party of Canada
- Jenny Wai Ching Kwan, IRCC Critic, New Democratic Party
Table at Events
If you are planning a KAIROS event, or are invited to table at an event, please encourage people to learn more about the Caregiver’s Campaign and ask them to fill out the postcard. Postcards mailed to parliamentarians do not require postage . Collect and mail the signed postcards.
Print to Display or Fill Out:
- Postcard PDF, have printed or print on card stock (version 1) (version 2)
- KAIROS Caregiver Campaign Action Sheet
- Backgrounder: Canada’s Caregivers Program
- Primer: Migrant Caregivers’ Campaign for Permanent Residence
Meet with your Member of Parliament
Call your constituency office to book an appointment. Typically, MPs are in their home ridings on Fridays. Be persistent if you’re not able to get an appointment right away. Don’t give up!
To assist you:
- Initial group lobby meeting outline
- Notes template for meeting with elected officials
- How to take great notes in a Lobby Meeting
- Leave-Behind – the document to give to your MP
- Advocacy Tips
Migrant Justice Directory Template
To support migrant workers in your area in accessing local support services and resources, create a directory of local organizations and contact information. Here is a template you can use to help organise the information.
Share through your networks and on social media
Post on Facebook
KAIROS just launched its Caregivers Action – in support of caregivers and other foreign migrant workers. Support this golden opportunity to change the rules in support of the people who care for our children and elderly, and who pick and process our food. Help us reach 1000 letters by Nov 2! Spread the word! Learn more and take action! https://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/migrant-justice/tfwp
Post on Twitter
Help foreign migrant caregivers stay in Canada. Sign a letter to your MP urging Permanent Residency now! Help us reach 1000 letters by Nov 2! Spread the word! https://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/migrant-justice/tfwp #MigrantJustice
They are good enough to work in Canada. They are good enough to stay. Support caregivers & other foreign migrant workers. Sign a letter to your MP urging Permanent Residency now! Help us reach 1000 letters by Nov 2! Spread the word! https://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/migrant-justice/tfwp #MigrantJustice
The need for foreign migrant workers is ongoing. It is never temporary. They do the work that’s difficult to fill in Canada & they contribute to our economy & society. Support them. Sign a letter to your MP urging Permanent Residency now! https://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/migrant-justice/tfwp #MigrantJustice
Canada’s Temp Foreign Worker Program has led to well-documented cases of exploitation & abuse of caregivers by employers and recruiters, & years of separation from families. Enough! Sign a letter to your MP urging Permanent Residency https://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/migrant-justice/tfwp #MigrantJustice
This #Thanksgiving, consider the people who bring your food to table. Help unite foreign migrant workers w/ their families by ensuring they can apply for Permanent Residency. Sign the letter to your MP – https://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/migrant-justice/tfwp #MigrantJustice
KAIROS Canada is working in partnership with Caregivers Action Centre, Caregiver Connections, Education and Support Organization, Care 4 Caregivers, GABRIELA Ontario, Migrante Canada and its provincial affiliates, Eto Tayong Caregivers (ETC), The Neighbourhood Organization (TNO), PINAY (Montreal), Philippine Migrant Society in Canada (PMSC, Ottawa) and Migrant Resource Centre Canada.