As of April 1st, 2015, all low-waged migrant workers employed under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program and Live-In Caregiver / Caregiver Program who have worked in Canada for more than four years will be banned from continuing to work here and forced to leave. They will also be barred from returning to Canada as workers for a further four years. Those that choose to stay will become undocumented.
As a member of the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, the Workers’ Action Centre has endorsed the call from the Campaign Against the 4 Year Limit on Migrant Workers to stop this unjust law, known as the “4 & 4” rule, and ensure permanent residency on arrival for migrant workers: www.no4and4.tumblr.com
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These changes are effectively a mass deportation. These rules will tear apart families, friends and communities across the country. Migrant workers pay tens of thousands of dollars to come to Canada and work at minimum wage jobs to provide for their families; so that their children can go to school; and to have a better life. The “4 & 4” rule strips away migrant workers’ dignity, forces workers already in precarity into further uncertainty, and imposes discriminatory and arbitrary barriers on how long workers can stay here.
That these migrants have worked in Canada for four years proves that their jobs are permanent, not temporary. These friends and community members deserve permanent residence, not deportation. This “4 & 4” rule entrenches a revolving door immigration policy, one that allows employers to simply replace current workers with new ones, with no regard for workers’ lives, needs, dignity, or communities.
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