HANSARD: Will the government grant undocumented migrants with permanent residency?

House of Commons Debate
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Oral Questions
November 18th, 2022 / 11:45 a.m.

Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC

Madam Speaker, there are at least 500,000 non-status migrants doing essential work in Canada. They are caregivers. They work in health care and agriculture. They work for poverty wages for long hours and often in abusive conditions.

Without status, they face the stress of deportation and lack access to basic health care and services. The government must provide them with permanent status so that they can live and work in Canada without exploitation and the risk of deportation.

When will the Liberals act to grant undocumented migrants with permanent residency?

Greg Fergus 
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the President of the Treasury Board
Hull—Aylmer, Québec

Madam Speaker, international students provide significant contributions to Canada. We heard loud and clear their strong desire to continue staying here in the country and to work here. We have launched extensions of expired and nearly expired post-graduation work permits, which will benefit nearly 100,000 people.

We have also lifted the 20-hour-work-week rule so that the almost 500,000 international students already here in Canada can continue to work while doing their studies. We are making sure that we are carving out a place for international students to better integrate into Canada.

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