Income Security Advocacy Centre / Centre d'action pour la sécurité du revenu

Urgent Call to Action - Bill C-585 threatens social assistance for refugee claimants

Bill C-585 is a federal Private Member’s Bill which has serious implications for the income security of refugee claimants and other people without permanent status in Canada. If passed, the Bill would allow provinces to restrict access to social assistance benefits for these groups by imposing minimum residency requirements for eligibility.

The Bill does this by eroding the last remaining “national standard” for the Canada Social Transfer which prevents provinces from imposing a minimum period of residency for social assistance eligibility.

Taking action now is critical because Bill C-585 is scheduled to be debated at Second Reading on September 16, 2014. Expressing opposition before this date could lead to the Bill being defeated or withdrawn.

An Information and Action Kit is included, in both English and French, to help you understand and respond to Bill C-585. It includes a Backgrounder, a template letter to MP’s, a list of email addresses for all MPs, and recommended actions to oppose this Bill.
One immediate action you can take is to circulate the Information and Action Kit as widely as possible to your members, networks, and others who might be interested. 
Other actions you should take as soon as possible are:
  • Send a letter to MP’s, using the template letter as a guide, to tell them to vote against the Bill
  • Ask your members and/or those you circulate the kit to, to send a letter to MP’s
  • Post this Kit on your website and ask your members and others to do the same.
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