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Updated: 2022-05-16

Equal rights for migrant care workers: The case for immigration policy transformation

Document type Report
Author Wadehra, Rishika
Date 2021
Pages 21 pages
URL https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/equal-rights-migrant-care-workers

Abstract

Since the mid-1950s, the Canadian government has increasingly relied on precarious and/or temporary migrant workers to meet a growing demand for care work. Restrictive immigration policies and programs that promise a pathway to permanent residency but place limitations on workers’ rights and freedoms have led to the creation of a highly vulnerable workforce that is subject to working in low-wage and undervalued sectors with few protections. This report argues that, in addition to immediate reforms to current caregiver pilot programs to help protect vulnerable migrant care workers, Canada should work toward granting permanent resident status to all migrants upon arrival. Granting migrants permanent resident status and equal access to available supports and services is key to ensuring basic human rights for all. The report ends with recommendations to achieve this goal.