IMPORTANT CHANGE OF PLANS for 18 to 25 July 2021: Due to difficulties related to the COVID pandemic, we have had to change our plans from 18 to 25 July. Instead of marching for eight days, we will hold a Montreal – Ottawa Week of Action calling for Status for All!
Mass March in Montreal
18 July at 11am, Cabot Square (Atwater Metro)
19 July to 23 July, Montreal
Full details to be announced at coming soon
Bus close to Ottawa, camping overnight, followed by March into Ottawa
24 – 25 July, Montreal to Ottawa
Register here to reserve your seat in the bus and receive full details:
From 18 to 25 July 2021, Solidarity Across Borders is organizing a week of action Montreal – Ottawa, to mobilize support for a comprehensive and ongoing regularization programme for all migrants with precarious status. Trudeau, we are sick of half-measures and hand-outs like your new regularization programme! We are coming! We demand dignity, equality and justice! Status for All!
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed migrants without permanent status into ever deeper precarity while simultaneously shining a public spotlight on the place they hold in Canadian society as both essential to the capitalist economy and treated as disposable.
This week of action is being organized by undocumented migrants in Montreal. They carry the hopes of non-status community members across the country on their shoulders. They fight the violence of Canada’s immigration system collectively but also on a daily basis as it intrudes into their lives. Many are unable to pay rent, afford food or pay for even urgent medical needs. This is directly related to their status: they have no access to a work permit, healthcare, daycare subsidies, social assistance or any other state support. The jobs available to them are few and far between, and those that do exist are hyper-exploitative.
The pan-Canadian Migrant Rights Network has taken the lead in mobilizing support across Quebec and Canada for status for all, a position echoed in recent months by Louise Arbour, the City of Montreal, and Amnistie internationale Canada francophone.
This is a moment to fight for a more just and equitable world. Migrants and refugees across Canada are courageously standing up to say they are not disposable. Their movement does not ask what is possible, it asks what is required by human dignity and justice, and what we must do to stop the destruction of the world.
We invite everyone to come join us, whatever your status: undocumented, temporary workers, refugees, farm workers, domestic workers, foreign students … even residents and citizens. We need your support and solidarity. Together we are strong! This is everyone’s struggle.
We will take all safety measures to make sure everyone is safe. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information, especially around accessibility. We want the march to be accessible to everyone.