COVID-19 has exposed Canada’s desperate need for workers and immigrants to drive our economy;
While many people could work from home during the pandemic, many asylum seekers and undocumented foreign nationals did not stop working and continued to provide essential, necessary support to help the sick and vulnerable;
Many refugee claimants are already absorbed or acclimatized to Canadian system and have been employed, settled, contributing and paying taxes for many years; and
The new pilot projects as pathways to permanent residence is severely flawed and deficient.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1- Temporarly suspend deportation orders issued pursuant to Immigration and Refugee Protection Act subsection 41(a), section 19 and section 20(1)(a) to refugee claimants;
2- Properly resource the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada so that refugee claims could be processed expeditiously with a processing time standard of 12 months;
3- Recognize the contribution of hundreds of workers, who have sought asylum in Canada, are working as essential workers in the face of the pandemic in support of Canadians by confirming their refugee status in Canada;
4- Ensure the interrupted employment period due to COVID-19 is recognized and counted towards the 24-month work requirement for caregivers; and
5- Honour the principle that if you are good enough to work, you are good enough to stay.
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