Item - 2013.CD18.5

Tracking Status

CD18.5 - Undocumented Workers in Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on February 20 and 21, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council re-affirm its commitment to ensuring access to services without fear to immigrants without full status or without full status documents.

 

2.         City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to conduct an internal review, with community consultation, of City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations, and to report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee in the 3rd quarter of 2013 on the following:

 

a.         a review of opportunities to improve access without fear;

b.         opportunities for City-funded agencies to improve access without fear;

c.         providing training for front line staff and managers to ensure that undocumented residents can access services without fear; and

d.         a complaints protocol and a public education strategy to inform Torontonians of the City’s policy.

 

3.         City Council request the City Manager and the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on current Federal and Provincial arrangements to deliver immigration and settlement programs in Ontario, and options for strengthening intergovernmental collaboration and partnerships with the City of Toronto.

 

4.         City Council request the Federal government to establish a regularization program for undocumented residents, and that a letter be sent to the Government and Opposition parties to this end.

 

5.         City Council request the Federal government to increase Provincial Nominee Program levels so that the Province can bring in workers with specific skills who have left Canada as undocumented workers with Canadian children, and that they be given priority processing by Canadian Citizenship and Immigration.

 

6.         City Council request the Provincial government to review its policies for Provincially-funded services for undocumented residents with a view to ensuring access to health care, emergency services, community housing and supports for such residents within a social determinants of the health framework.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 22, 2012) Report with Appendix A from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Undocumented Workers in Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-55291.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(January 30, 2013) Submission from Luin Goldring, Associate Professor, Sociology, York University Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) (CD.New.CD18.5.1)
(January 31, 2013) Submission from Shelia Block, Director Analysis, Wellesley Institute (CD.New.CD18.5.2)
(January 27, 2013) Submission from Macdonald Scott, Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant Carranza LLP and the Immigration Legal Committee of the Law Union of Ontario (CD.New.CD18.5.3)
(January 31, 2013) Submission from Swathi Sekhar, Legal Committee of Toronto (CD.New.CD18.5.4)

Communications (City Council)

(February 15, 2013) Letter from Kenneth Hale, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (CC.Supp.CD18.5.5)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/comm/communicationfile-34571.pdf
(February 19, 2013) Letter from John Cartwright, President, Toronto and York Region Labour Council (CC.Supp.CD18.5.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/comm/communicationfile-34572.pdf
(February 15, 2013) Letter from Solidarity City Network: Policy Brief (CC.New.CD18.5.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/comm/communicationfile-34623.pdf
(February 21, 2013) E-mail from S. K. Hussan (CC.New.CD18.5.8)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Carried)

That City Council re-affirm its commitment to ensuring access to services without fear to immigrants without full status or without full status documents.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-21-2013 7:05 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD18.5 - Mihevc - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Gary Crawford, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Lost)

That City Council delete Community Development and Recreation Committee Recommendation 2:

 

Recommendation to be deleted:

 

2.         City Council request the federal government to establish a regularization program for undocumented residents, and that a letter be sent to the Government and Opposition parties to this end.

 

and replace it with the following new Recommendation 2:

 

2.         City Council endorse and support the Canadian government’s efforts to facilitate the legal admission of immigrants and the removal of illegal immigrants.

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-21-2013 7:04 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - CD18.5 - Minnan Wong - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 8 Members that voted Yes are Mike Del Grande, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Denzil Minnan-Wong, John Parker, David Shiner
Total members that voted No: 32 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That City Council request the Federal Government to increase Provincial Nominee Program levels so that the Province can bring in workers with specific skills who have left Canada as undocumented workers with Canadian children, and that they be given priority processing by Canadian Citizenship and Immigration.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-21-2013 7:06 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD18.5 - Palacio - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That City Council request the City Manager and the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report to Community Development and Recreation Committee on current Federal and Provincial arrangements to deliver immigration and settlement programs in Ontario, and options for strengthening intergovernmental collaboration and partnerships with the City of Toronto.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-21-2013 7:06 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD18.5 - Davis - motion 4
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

5 - Motion to Receive Item moved by Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday (Lost)

That Council receive the Item for information.

Vote (Receive Item) Feb-21-2013 7:03 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - CD18.5 - Holyday - motion 5
Total members that voted Yes: 8 Members that voted Yes are Mike Del Grande, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Denzil Minnan-Wong, John Parker, David Shiner
Total members that voted No: 31 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Glenn De Baeremaeker, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Feb-21-2013 7:07 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD18.5 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 37 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Doug Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Ron Moeser, Michael Thompson

CD18.5 - Undocumented Workers in Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to conduct an internal review, with community consultation, of City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations, and to report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee in the 3rd quarter of 2013 on the following:

 

a.         a review of opportunities to improve access without fear;

b.         opportunities for City-funded agencies to improve access without fear;

c.         providing training for front line staff and managers to ensure that undocumented residents can access services without fear;

d.         a complaints protocol and a public education strategy to inform Torontonians of our policy.

 

2.         City Council request the federal government to establish a regularization program for undocumented residents, and that a letter be sent to the Government and Opposition parties to this end.

 

3.         City Council request the provincial government to review its policies for provincially-funded services for undocumented residents with a view to ensuring access to health care, emergency services, community housing and supports for such residents within a social determinants of the health framework.

Origin

(October 22, 2012) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration

Summary

This report responds to the Community Development and Recreation Committee request for information pertaining to the status of undocumented workers in Toronto, a summary of Federal policies and programs related to undocumented workers without a criminal record, including the possibility of offering amnesty to undocumented workers and their families.

 

The research demonstrates that undocumented workers, individuals working in Canada without legal status, face a variety of challenges. These include: inability to access programs and services available for legal residents, and a limited ability to deal with employment-related issues. When an undocumented worker, with or without a criminal record, is discovered, he/she will be dealt with according to current Federal legislation and regulations, which consists of removal procedures. There are no amnesty programs in Canada.

Background Information

(October 22, 2012) Report with Appendix A from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Undocumented Workers in Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-55291.pdf

Communications

(January 30, 2013) Submission from Luin Goldring, Associate Professor, Sociology, York University Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) (CD.New.CD18.5.1)
(January 31, 2013) Submission from Shelia Block, Director Analysis, Wellesley Institute (CD.New.CD18.5.2)
(January 27, 2013) Submission from Macdonald Scott, Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant Carranza LLP and the Immigration Legal Committee of the Law Union of Ontario (CD.New.CD18.5.3)
(January 31, 2013) Submission from Swathi Sekhar, Legal Committee of Toronto (CD.New.CD18.5.4)

Speakers

Sheila Block, Director, Economic Analysis, Wellesley Institute (Submission Filed)
Tzazna Miranda Leal, Community Legal Worker, Immigration Division, Parkdale Community Legal Services
Wilson Gutierez, PCLS/J4MW
Spiram Ananth, No One is Illegal
Gina Csanyi-Robah, Executive Director, Roma Community Centre
Macdonald Scott, Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant, Carranza LLP and the Immigration Legal Committee of the Law Union of Ontario (Submission Filed)
Sonia Singh, Organizer, Workers' Action Centre
Swathi Sekhar, Immigration Legal Committee of the Law Union of Ontario (Submission Filed)
Navjeet Sidhu, Researcher, Social Planning Toronto (SPT)
Ayesha Basit, South Asian Women's Rights Organization (SAWRO)
Anna Willats, Faculty - Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program, George Brown College
Brittany Harris, Social Work Student, Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Eva Chan, Law Student, Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Tim Maguire, President, CUPE Local 79
Karin Baqi, Barrister and Solicitor, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
Francisco Villegus, OISE PLD Candidate
Councillor Shelley Carroll

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to conduct an internal review, with community consultation, of City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations, and to report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee in the 3rd quarter of 2013 on the following:

 

a.         a review of opportunities to improve access without fear;

b.         opportunities for City-funded agencies to improve access without fear;

c.         providing training for front line staff and managers to ensure that undocumented residents can access services without fear;

d.         a complaints protocol and a public education strategy to inform Torontonians of our policy.

 

2.         City Council request the federal government to establish a regularization program for undocumented residents, and that a letter be sent to the Government and Opposition parties to this end.

 

3.         City Council request the provincial government to review its policies for provincially-funded services for undocumented residents with a view to ensuring access to health care, emergency services, community housing and supports for such residents within a social determinants of the health framework.


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council