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Abolition of health-based exclusions to permanent status!

Date and time

2017.11.12 to 2017.11.21, 9:00 am to 9:00 am


As you are probably aware, the Federal government is reviewing Section 38(1)(c) which allows the denial of permanent residence to people living with disabilities for causing excessive demand on the health care system.

The hearings will take place on Nov 21, 23rd and 28th by the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM)

Disability rights activists and members of Caregivers Action Centre and MWAC are organizing a mini-campaign to ensure that Section 38(1)(c) is eliminated and not just replaced with minor tweaks.

Here are some steps you can take:

(1) Speaking to the committee.

If you haven’t applied yet, please email the clerk at cimm@parl.gc.ca with a short bio and request to speak.

Applying is not enough, we would like to share with the MPs the list of people who should speak from our end. If you haven't yet, please let me know if you have applied to speak or if you have been accepted. Particularly if you are a legal/academic expert who has been accepted, please let us know and we can see if a directly affected person can join and speak with you.

(2) Open Letter - Please Sign!

A number of disability rights activists have penned an open letter. You can sign on as an individual or as an organization here: http://migrantrights.ca/en/nodiscrimination/.

Please also send it over your email lists and to your colleagues. We need as many signatures as possible by November 21st.

(3) Share on social media:

Click here to share on facebook. Click here to share on Twitter.

(4) Written Submissions

Written submissions are due by November 15th. Please share yours with us, and we will post them on to our website. If you need assistance in drafting one, please get in touch and we can assist.

You can use the Open Letter to also write a simple one pager to send to CIMM. Just email cimm@parl.gc.ca.

(5) Media

Please write letters to the editor, op-eds, and speak to the media on this issue. We need to have the message of eliminating Section 38(1)(c) echoed from all corners.

Thank you!

Syed Hussan
T: 1-855-567-4722 ext. 700
E: hussan@migrantworkersalliance.org

Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 223,
Toronto, ON M5S 2T9
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  • Sign the petition! (http://migrantrights.ca/en/nodiscrimination/)
  • Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=https%3A//www.facebook.com/MigrantRightsCA/photos/a.190304607970078.1073741828.188312381502634/537163986617470/)

Economic sectors

General relevance - all sectors

Content types

Systemic/state violation of right/freedom

Target groups

Public awareness and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, Federal, Nova Scotia, and National relevance