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Edmonton to make policy to help undocumented temporary foreign workers

Community agencies say Edmonton is experiencing a large wave of undocumented migrants as changes by the federal government to the temporary foreign worker program hit hard, a city council committee was told Monday.

The recent cap on temporary foreign work permits meant new permits were denied, even for families who had worked in Canada for more than a decade, said Marco Luciano with Migrante Alberta.

Children who were born in Edmonton are now being denied access to schools, said Luciano, and parents are afraid to access Edmonton libraries and request subsidized transit passes while they work under the counter, put in new residency applications and hope something might change to allow them to legally find jobs.