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RESOURCES FOR NON/PRECARIOUS STATUS PEOPLE DURING THE COVID CRISIS

NOII - April 5, 2020 - 10:46am

Attached are:

• A Document about Medical resources;
• A Document about food banks in areas just outside Toronto;
• A statement regarding jails; and
• A sheet about the new ID laws in Ontario.

In this sheet:

– Update re Immigration Offices
– Medical access
– Food availabilty
– Rent
– Shelters
– Jails
– Benefits and how to obtain them

One general note, it is really important to keep all documentation, even
though it may not be the most official. If you are laid off, even if you
don't have a SIN or status allowing you to work, get some sort of
documentation (a letter from the employer or even co-workers); if you have
problems with your landlord, document it; ask your immigration lawyer or
consultant for proof of your status; keep your medical documents, etc.

Update re Immigration Offices:

Immigration Refugee Board (the immigration tribunal [kind of a court] for

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NOII-Toronto Public Statement on COVID-19

NOII - April 5, 2020 - 10:40am

The global pandemic caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) has shown with clarity that we live in a society and economic system bent on excluding those most vulnerable in our world. As our already precarious economic system crumbles before us yet again, and governments pull billions out of thin air to protect the interests of corporations, we are quite clear on one thing:

We have always had the means to provide for the essential needs of everyone, and inequality is a manufactured reality.

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COVID BENEFITS FOR ALL - REGARDLESS OF STATUS

NOII - March 30, 2020 - 5:52pm

So, these are hard times, we are all worried.

People with precarious immigration status or no immigration status are very scared and for good reason. We've heard from people working with non-status people in shelters who say that their people can't get welfare or disability. That social distancing is impossible in a shelter. We've heard from people who work doing cleaning or doing childcare and earning their wages under the table that they've been told not to come to work. They don't know how they're going to eat or pay the rent or take care of their own children.

DO WE WANT THESE PEOPLE TO BE LEFT BEHIND?

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