The Coalition for Migrant Workers Rights Canada (CMWRC) has submitted an open letter to Canada's parliamentary committee calling for an end to discrimination against disabled people.
The letter reads:
"We call on the Federal Government to immediately remove the “excessive demand” clause and other disablist regulations from the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and to ensure the fair treatment of migrant workers and their family members who have been impacted by them.
Section 38(1)(c) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act excludes disabled people, including people living with HIV, and some trans people, from Canada. Section 38(1)(c) allows for an applicant to be rejected by providing the basis to reject an applicant if they or their family member “might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services.”
The “excessive demand” clause prevents disabled people from immigrating to Canada, and denies citizenship to people who have become disabled while working in Canada as part of federal temporary work schemes."
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