A Canadian-Canadian provincial deputy from Ontario wrote to the Canadian Immigration Minister to take steps to "legalize undocumented workers," pointing to a 30-year-old amnesty.
"In 1986 the Federal Government took some measures to regularize the status of undocumented workers. It is time for the Federal Government to take measures to address the issue of undocumented workers by regularizing their state, giving them the option of obtaining permanent residence, "said Cristina Martins.
In the letter the Lusa agency had access to, the provincial deputy elected by the Davenport district in Toronto justified that these legalization actions "would particularly address the aging construction sector at a rate that is not sustainable through the current conditions of the labor market ".
According to the document, in the Canadian context, the majority of undocumented workers are located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), between 200,000 and 500,000 people, mainly working in the areas of construction and hospitality.
Current programs "do not match the needs of employers" and the criteria required for skilled workers are "unnecessary for skilled workers who can quickly match the needs of these employers."
The letter addressed to Minister Ahmed Hussen aims to "try to solve the problems of undocumented workers" and Cristina Martins gives as an example the analysis of the Construction Industry of Canada, which admits the need, by 2020, of 320 thousand skilled workers. The recent announcements of investment in traffic and the National Housing Strategy "will only be realized with skilled workers".

"Half of the 320,000 workers needed will be trained foreigners. This means that the Federal Government will not be able to
provide the requirements for the industry sector based on existing programs, "said Cristina Martins

Cristina Martins is still surprised by Ottawa, following a meeting with Laura Albanese, the Ontario Immigration Minister.
"The Portuguese community, of which I belong, and the Hispanic community, are greatly affected by the lack of continuous knowledge of the federal government. I was surprised that the Government of Ottawa does not support an Ontario plan to address the situation of undocumented workers to also respond to the shortage of skilled workers, "he said.
But the Luso-Canadian has also been "more upset and surprised" by what she calls the "old and tiresome argument" that tackling the issue of undocumented workers, guaranteeing their legalization, "will create a greater incentive for immigration illegal". "With this short overview of this problem, what is the Federal Government willing to offer the Davenport community?" He asks.
In the last of twelve paragraphs, Cristina Martins writes that "Canada can not indefinitely benefit undocumented workers without providing these workers with a legal status that allows them the dignity and benefits to which everyone is entitled."
Davenport's deputy also called on Ahmed Hussen to work with Minister Laura Albanese to jointly create a "permanent, sustainable and flexible solution" to address "the shortage of workers, especially in the construction sector." The letter, dated December 28, 2017, was sent with the knowledge of Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Laura Albanese, and of Davenport Federal Deputy, Julie Dzerowicz.


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