Health Care for Migrants: National Day of Action

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 12:00

Join us for rallies across Canada on February 12th at 12pm as the health community calls on the federal government to stop the denial of healthcare on the basis of immigration status. ACTIONS IN FOLLOWING CITIES:

  1. VANCOUVER, BC – http://bit.ly/2UrRVVq
  2. EDMONTON, AB – http://bit.ly/2sZtGCm
  3. SASKATOON, SK – http://bit.ly/2UrSLl2
  4. WINNIPEG, MB – University of Manitoba, 744 Bannatyne Avenue
  5. MISSISSAUGA, ON – http://bit.ly/2GrnOK9
  6. BRAMPTON, ON – http://bit.ly/2GrnOK9
  7. HAMILTON, ON – http://bit.ly/2HKc5sf
  8. TORONTO, ON – http://bit.ly/2CY9hlw
  9. SCARBOROUGH, ON – http://bit.ly/2WpWGAC
  10. OTTAWA, ON – http://bit.ly/2Sgg9Ve
  11. SUDBURY, ON – live-tweeting only
  12. MONTREAL, QC – http://bit.ly/2HKcz1x
  13. VALLEYFIELD, QC – Service Canada, 73 Maden Street, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
  14. SHERBROOKE, QC – http://bit.ly/2DaKfjx 
  15. HALIFAX, NS – http://bit.ly/2CZr5wI
  16. FREDERICTION, NB – live-tweeting only – http://bit.ly/2E16zxp
  17. ST. JOHN’S, NFLD – http://bit.ly/2DK1t8D

The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) recently issued a landmark decision condemning Canada for denying access to essential health care on the basis of immigration status based on the case of Nell Toussaint. In light of this UN decision, over 1500 individuals and 80 organizations signed an open letter addressed to the federal government. The UN has given Canada 180 days – until February 9th – to report on a review of national legislation, “to ensure that irregular migrants have access to essential health care to prevent a reasonably foreseeable risk that can result in loss of life.” The Canadian government has thus far failed to take any action on this issue.

As active members of Canada’s health community, we are appalled by the details of Nell’s case and existing policies that place the lives and health of hundreds of thousands unnecessarily at risk. We are convening across the country on February 12th to show our Canadian government that we won’t back down.

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