Ottawa wants to regularize the status of thousands of undocumented immigrants

Ottawa wants to regularize the status of thousands of undocumented people


Canada is working towards a historic regularization of the status of thousands of undocumented people in the country by building on pilot programs, including the one on guardian angels put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We know that there are a significant number of people living without status in Canada who contribute positively to our communities, so I am looking at several options as to what we we can do,” federal Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said Friday.

There is still no specific date for the unveiling of the policy, but Fraser says he hopes deliver the goods aware of this mandate.”

The exact number of undocumented immigrants in Canada remains unclear. According to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, citing academic experts, sources range between 20,000 and 500,000.

“According to research, most undocumented people live in large urban centers and typically work in seasonal and informal occupations, such as construction, agriculture, care and housekeeping,” the committee explains in a March 2022 document.

< p>The initiative had been formulated in his mandate letter when he was appointed in the fall of 2021, recalled Mr. Fraser.

In his letter, Justin Trudeau asked the minister to “build on existing pilot programs to continue exploring ways to regularize the status of undocumented workers who contribute to Canadian communities.”