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e-1034 (Immigration)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Marco Sotres from Vancouver, British Columbia, on April 13, 2017, at 11:58 a.m. (EDT)
keywords
Abuse and exploitation of foreign workers
Permanent resident status
Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Work permits
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Budget 2017 by the Government of Canada does nothing to reduce the vulnerability of temporary foreign workers, contrary to recommendations in the September 2016 Temporary Foreign Worker Program Report by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA);
  • A large majority of temporary foreign workers continue to be issued closed work permits, tying the worker to one employer, creating large power imbalances and room for abuse;
  • Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to limit pathways to permanent residency for low-skilled workers by applying high barriers in Canada`s Express Entry immigration program, creating a culture of labour exploitation and social isolation; and
  • There is a lack of effective enforcement regarding rules and regulations for employers and recruiters in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, forcing workers to report abuses under the risk of losing their employment or being deported.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to immediately implement the recommendations laid out by HUMA in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Report with special attention to: recommendations (14 & 15) regarding the removal of employer-specific work permits, recommendations (16-19) regarding increased pathways to permanent residency for all Temporary Foreign Workers, and recommendations (20 & 21) regarding increased, and more effective, monitoring of employers and recruiters.
Vancouver Kingsway
NDP
British Columbia
Petition presented to the House of Commons on October 18, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01716)
Government response tabled on November 29, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-20)
Open for signature : April 13, 2017, at 11:58 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : August 11, 2017, at 11:58 a.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
149
British Columbia
87
Manitoba
26
New Brunswick
6
Northwest Territories
3
Nova Scotia
2
Ontario
120
Prince Edward Island
15
Quebec
82
Saskatchewan
19
Other Countries
1
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