By Lawrence Belanger
Local Journalism Initiative
On Friday, Jan. 27, two volunteers from the Immigrant Workers Centre, Cheolki Yoon, a professor at McGill, alongside Nina Gonzalez of the Centre’s Women’s Committee, delivered a presentation and workshop in Sherbrooke about regularization titled “Status for All.” Immigration activists and members of the public assembled at the Centre communautaire et culturel de l’arrondissement de Jacques-Cartier on Friday for the presentation and took part in a workshop with the presenters afterwards.
“We want to make sure that the program being developed is truly inclusive,” said Yoon, speaking to The Record before the presentation.
In his 2021 mandate letter to Immigration Minister Fraser, Prime Minister Trudeau ordered Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to “build on existing pilot programs to further explore ways of regularizing status for undocumented workers who are contributing to Canadian communities.” As of the start of 2023, there has been no further update or details given about the scope of this program, although IRCC recently doubled one such pre-existing pilot program to allow for up to 1,000 out-of-status construction workers in the Toronto area to apply for permanent residence.