HANSARD: Jenny proposes caregivers be included temporary foreign workers to get permanent residency

House of Commons Debate
Permanent Residency for Temporary Foreign Workers
Private Members' Business
February 28th, 2022 / 11:30 a.m.


Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Surrey Centre for his motion. As he knows, part of the problem with our immigration system is that, over the years, Canada has changed the permanent immigration stream for economic workers to only high-skilled workers. The reality is that Canada needs the full range of workers. As we learned in the COVID period, many of these workers are, in fact, essential. They put food on our tables and support our community and our economy.

To that end, would the member support an amendment to his motion? I would like to propose:

That the motion be amended: (a) by adding after the words “comprehensive plan to expand” the following: “the economic immigration stream to allow workers of all skill levels to meet the full range of labour needs”; and (b) in paragraph (f), by adding the word “caregivers” after the words “health services”.


Randeep Sarai (Liberal) Surrey Centre, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have worked with the member for Vancouver East extensively for almost four years on the citizenship and immigration committee. She has worked very hard and passionately.

I would be more than happy to accept the amendments. We need to have pathways for all temporary foreign workers to get permanent residency in Canada, including caregivers.



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