Let's stop the 4 and 4 rule!
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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 4 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 4 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 and 4 rule strips away migrant workersâ€™ 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.