On Sunday March 19, celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by rallying for full immigration status for all. Migrant and undocumented people deserve equal rights here where they’ve lived and worked for years. If you are in Toronto, join the rally at Christie Pits Park (750 Bloor St W) at 2:00 PM to show your support for a regularization program that gives permanent residency to all undocumented people – no exceptions.
(Check out other Status for All actions across Canada on March 18 & 19.)
In response to powerful organizing by migrant worker communities during the pandemic, Prime Minister Trudeau promised a regularization program for migrant and undocumented people. With only 10 weeks left in this federal Parliamentary session, let’s make sure Trudeau keeps his promise! Our Workers’ Action Centre members won’t back down until all of us have equal rights, access to healthcare, and can speak out against bad bosses without fear.
As we wait for the federal government to act, migrants continue to be exploited at work, detained and deported. At the same time, migrants are also being blamed for the affordability crisis instead of the large corporations and banks who are currently making record profits. Now is the moment to #RegularizeEveryone: there must be no limit on the number of undocumented people who would gain permanent residency. We don’t want temporary permits that will expire a year or two later. Let’s show up in force on March 18 or 19 to say we won’t back down! Check here to see actions across Canada and how you can participate in other ways this weekend.
It’s Time for Paid Sick Days!
In only 2 weeks, the Worker Income Protection Benefit (WIPB) that offers 3 temporary paid sick days only for COVID-19 related reasons is set to expire. These same 3 days have been extended multiple times already and are not enough to keep workers, our families and communities safe and healthy.
On top of being inadequate for workers, this program has only rewarded those companies who had no paid sick days in place before and during the pandemic. These corporations were given subsidies of approximately $189 million. Meanwhile, those businesses (mainly small businesses) that did offer paid sick days were not able to get support from the Ford government. To make matters worse, another $43.7 million that could have gone to public services were instead given to Deloitte, a private company tasked with the administration of this ineffective program. You can download the Justice for Workers paid sick days leaflet for more information that you can also share in your community.
We need a permanent, employer-paid sick leave program that truly protects workers. Your urgent action is needed to tell Premier Ford that enough is enough! Please email the Premier to demand 10 permanent paid sick days now. If we stand firm together, we can win this basic protection for all workers.