Campaign against the 4 year limit. 

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As of April 1
st, 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 in Canada 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.

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 an opportunity for their family; 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 and 4 rule entrenches a revolving door immigration policy, employers can simply replace current with new workers.

In response, we have joined with groups across Canada to call for status on landing. Join us! 

We will be distributing a factsheet for workers and coordinating a webinar for front-line service providers very soon. Sign up here to make sure you are the first to know. 

Stop the Mass Deportation of Migrant Workers on April 1st. 
Stop Mass Deportations of Migrant Workers
Picket at Joe Oliver's office

Join us for a picket March 4th at 1pm at MP Joe Oliver's Office (511 Lawrence Ave. W., Lawrence & Bathurst) to deliver this Stop Deportations notice to MP Oliver. Join on facebook.

Endorse the demands
1.  An end to the 4 & 4 rule so migrant workers can continue to work here.

2.  Grant migrant workers in Canada permanent residency.

3.  Ensure migrant worker access to all social benefits and entitlements 

4.  Enact legislation to grant permanent residency for all migrants upon arrival.


Campaign Against the 4 Year Limit on Migrant Workers is comprised of migrant worker groups and community organizations across Canada. Members as of February 21, 2015 include Fuerza Puwersa (Guelph), Migrant Workers Alliance for Change*, Migrante Alberta, Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture (Okanagan Valley) and Sanctuary City Hamilton. If you are a migrant worker organization, or work directly with migrant workers, join us

Migrant Workers Alliance for Change includes Alliance of South Asian Aid Prevention (Toronto), Asian Community Aids Services (Ontario), Caregivers Action Centre (Ontario), Industrial Accident Victims’ Group of Ontario, Justicia for Migrant Workers (Ontario), KAIROS Canada, Legal Assistance of Windsor, Migrante Ontario, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Social Planning Toronto, UNIFOR (Canada), United Food and Commercial Workers (Canada), Workers United and the Workers’ Action Centre (Toronto)
Copyright © 2015 Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, All rights reserved.

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