Healthcare is a basic human right and a fundamental part of responsible public health. Many people in Manitoba are currently not covered by provincial health care: migrant workers with work permits of less than one year, international students, and those undocumented residents who have lost their status for a variety of reasons. Racialized people and communities are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, mainly due to the social and economic conditions which leave them vulnerable while performing essential work in a variety of industries in Manitoba.

Many of the uninsured will avoid seeking health care due to fear of being charged for the care and some will fear possible detention and deportation if their immigration status is reported to the authorities. Without adequate health care coverage, if they are ill, many will feel pressured to continue to work due to financial circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear: we must ensure everyone in Manitoba has access to health care to protect the health and safety of all who live in the province.

Our Demands

  • Immediately provide comprehensive and free healthcare coverage to all residents of Manitoba regardless of immigration status including refugee claimants, migrant workers, international students, dependent children of temporary residents, and undocumented residents. This must be permanently enshrined in legislation.

  • Develop and implement a multilingual communication campaign to inform all those currently without provincial health care coverage about the availability of free COVID testing and treatment without a  health card.

  • Inform all healthcare institutions and providers of expanded coverage for those without health insurance, the policy details and how they will be implemented, as well as the necessary protocols on coverage changes, the application of billing codes, and the cessation of registration or billing fees.

  • Create and enforce strict confidentiality policies and provide staff with training to protect the safety of residents with precarious immigration status and ensure they can access health care without jeopardizing their ability to remain in Canada. Access  Without Fear policies prevent sharing personal health information or immigration status with immigration authorities.

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