Permanent status pushed for temp workers in BC

by Rowena Papasin, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Feb 02 2012 06:10 PM | Updated as of Feb 03 2012 02:10 AM

VANCOUVER, Canada - A group of businessmen from British Columbia is proposing to allow temporary foreign workers to immediately land as immigrants in Canada.

Fort St. John's chamber of commerce and the owner of Canadian Tire wants temporary foreign workers to be granted permanent residency when they come into Canada so they can bring their family and settle here.
 Mable Elmore, member of the Legislative Assembly, welcomed the move and hopes to propose legislation for this.
"Allowing temporary workers to come in and be granted landed status, that's going to bring benefit to British Columbia, and also deal with the huge social cost that Filipino families suffer---long separation, difficulty to be brought back together," Elmore said.
Andy Espina, a member of the first batch of temporary workers who came to Canada in 2008, said this is good news to all TFWs (temporary Filipino workers).
“Talagang napakahirap po na stressed ka hindi mo alam kung ano status mo, kung after ng contract pauwiin ka ba, mare-renew ka ba?” Espina said.
After working here for three years, Espina finally became a permanent resident last November.
Espina, a former manager of Pizza Hut at the Robinsons Galleria, said all the years of loneliness were worth the wait as his dream finally came true when his wife and 4 children arrived in Vancouver this January.
“Sobrang saya po kasi kasama ko na pamilya ko,” he said. 

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