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e-4272 (Citizenship and immigration)

Initiated by Josue Ramirez from Calgary, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Venezuela has been deemed an unprecedented political, economic and humanitarian crisis comparable to Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine;
  • As of January 2023, Canada response to the situation in Ukraine trough the Canadian-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel, had allowed for more than 140,000 Ukrainians to come to Canada;
  • In response to the situation in Afghanistan, Canada had welcome more than 27,000 Afghan refugees through the Special Immigration Measures Program for Afghans;
  • For Syrian citizens, more than 40,000 refugees had been welcome to Canada through the Syrian Refugee Settlement initiative;
  • As per United Nations High Commission for Refugees figures in 2022, more than 6.1 million Venezuelans have left Venezuela since 2015;
  • Canada promised to welcome an additional 4,000 migrants from the Latin-American region by 2028; and
  • Canada announced at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, June of 2022 also planned to bring in 50,000 more agricultural workers from Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean.
We, the undersigned, citizens and permanent residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to
1. Create a Canada-Venezuela Humanitarian Visa Program to help Venezuelans and the family members of Canadians and Venezuelans Permanent Residents of Canada to come to Canada and provide them with the ability to work and study while in Canada;
2. Provide those Venezuelans who are already in Canada the option to extend their visitor status, work permit, or study permit so that they can continue to live and work or study in Canada temporarily.
Open for signature
January 26, 2023, at 9:39 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 27, 2023, at 9:39 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Tom Kmiec
Calgary Shepard
Conservative Caucus
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