Grant TFW residency, say Filipino leaders
Annette Beech of the Victoria Filipino Canadian Caregivers Association told community members in Vancouver Sunday the federal government needs to better protect Temporary Foreign Workers.
Filipino community leaders from around the province say they want the federal government to protect temporary foreign workers living in fear of deportation and put them on a permanent path to citizenship.
The demands were made at an event in Vancouver to celebrate the 116th Philippine Independence Day.
The workers are under threat after the federal government placed a moratorium on using the TFW program for the food and hospitality industry following numerous stories of abuse from employers.
Many such workers are from the Philippines and Annette Beech from the Victoria Filipino-Canadian Caregivers Association said the government has let them down.
“I’m calling on the government, please help them because they are supposed to be monitored when they arrive here,” Beech said.
She relayed stories of workers paying big bucks to recruiters before coming to Canada to work at lower wages than promised and lower profile positions.
“It’s not fair to them, they are misled,” she said. “They are being mistreated and abused by their employer, and recruiters as well.”
The Filipino leaders want the immigration system to be shifted to focus on granting permanent residency and citizenship as well as to protect the TFWs already in Canada.
But in an email, the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration said such routes to permanent residence in Canada already exist.
“There are several pathways to permanent residence, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class, the Start-Up Visa, and Provincial Nominee Programs,” said the ministry.