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Citizenship and Immigration committee  I was about to leave.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Sure, that will be great.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Absolutely. We've said to the minister that folks who are in search of safe haven or seeking asylum need asylum, regardless of the pandemic. We're asking the government to allow folks to come in, especially those who are government-sponsored. We've seen that the few who have tri

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

Citizenship and Immigration committee  That's a very good question. Thanks very much. As I was saying, given the restrictions on travel due to COVID and the closing of embassies, what we are strongly encouraging the government to do is to look internally to identify the folks who are here with a precarious immigratio

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

Citizenship and Immigration committee  [Technical difficulty—Editor] in Canada and we believe that this is important. I have an unstable connection. We believe the time is right for the government to put in place some sort of regularization program.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

Citizenship and Immigration committee  We have experience of this in Canada. I believe the last regularization program was in the early to mid-1980s. It was a huge success. As I said, we have a number of folks here who want to stay in Canada, including those in the seasonal agricultural workers program, who have bee

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Our member agencies that provide services are very mindful of creating safe spaces for all of their clients. They create an opportunity for clients who may be vulnerable to exploitation to be able to reach out in case they're feeling a need for support.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Absolutely. With all of our recommendations, one thing that we have been trying to impress upon government is that parents and grandparents contribute to the social and economic assessment and integration of families. Grandparents, in particular, are not only cultural bridges but

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Yes. We've had a number of discussions with Minister Mendicino on this, especially since this is the time we believe Canadians will be very supportive of putting in place a regularization program. We have a number of folks here who are undocumented or with precarious immigration

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

Citizenship and Immigration committee  So yes to landed arrivals for migrant workers—

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Absolutely, it is a concern we are hearing from care workers and others who are here on a pathway to permanent residence. They are very much concerned that two years down the road their children would have aged out. I think that given the 12 to 18 months of the pause we're seeing

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

Citizenship and Immigration committee  That's a very interesting question. No, our experience has shown that the folks who tend to have a very difficult time getting temporary resident visas tend to be racialized—and that would include racialized women—for a number of reasons. One of the things I wanted to speak to,

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Yes, I just saw a sign saying that my Internet connection was unstable, and as you can tell, I disappeared. I lost you for about 30 seconds.

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas

November 16th, 2020Committee meeting

Debbie Douglas