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If you were at the Osborne Village Canada Day celebrations, you might have seen members of the MWSN – we were distributing a short quiz in conjunction with Migrante Manitoba that managed to get some much-needed media attention on Canada’s unfair immigration system.

From the article:

“People used to come here with nothing and be willing to work very hard and they’d prosper, and their children would get an education and make huge contributions to society,” said Thomas Novak with the Migrant Worker Solidarity Network in Winnipeg.

Members of the group advocating for temporary foreign workers and Migrante Manitoba were in Osborne Village on Canada Day quizzing passersby to see if their ancestors would be allowed into Canada today.

Of the dozens who took the test early in the afternoon, only two had ancestors who would now be eligible, Novak said.

“Today, they can only come as temporary workers. We separate them from their families for two years then send them back….

“If they’re good enough to work here, they’re good enough to live here,” he said.

MWSN Immigration Quiz 2014_Page_1Take the quiz!

Want to find out if your ancestor would currently be eligible to immigrate to Canada? You can download and complete the quiz yourself and find out if your ancestor would be eligible to immigrate to Canada using today’s rules.

You can download the quiz here.

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Migrant-Voices-Release-1

Migrant-Voices-Release-3The Migrant Worker Solidarity Network released our report, Migrant Voices: Stories of Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Manitoba, in May of 2013. This report, done in conjunction with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, was successful almost before it was even launched – at the official release, provincial Immigration Minister Christine Melnick announced that the government was going to extend provincial health care benefits to all workers coming to Canada as part of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP).

Migrant-Voices-Release-5Migrant-Voices-Release-2Needless to say, the Migrant Worker Solidarity Network is very pleased at this development, and applauds the governments support for migrant workers in this province.

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"Migrant Farm Workers Need Public Health Care." - Front of campaign postcard

The MWSN is currently running a campaign to have workers in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) included in the provincial health care plan. As taxpaying residents of Manitoba, they deserve to have the same access to critical health care services as everyone else, and by keeping them outside of the existing public health plan, we expose the people who grow our food to the risk and uncertainty of uninsured medical bills.

We want to convince the provincial government of Manitoba to include SAWP workers in the provincial health care plan, something they have already done with international students in this province. If you support the right of migrant farmworkers  to health care, please contact us at info@mwsn.ca to request post cards, or print and sign one yourself (remember that mail to the Premier does require postage).