PSAC launches online letter campaign to save Vegreville Immigration Centre

Stop the closure of the Vegreville Immigration Office

The largest union representing federal public service workers has launched a letter writing campaign urging Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to reconsider the closure of the Immigration Centre in Vegreville, Alberta.

PSAC members working at the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Case Processing Centre in Vegreville were shocked when the federal government announced plans to move the centre to Edmonton—over 100 kilometres away. The move will have a devastating impact on workers, their families, and the entire Vegreville community.

“We’ve received dozens of emotional emails from members worried about what the closure will mean for the future of their careers, their families, and their community,” said Marianne Hladun, Regional Executive Vice-President of PSAC Prairie Region.

“We created this online action so Minister Hussen can see first-hand the distress this has caused for workers and their families, and the support they’re receiving throughout Canada.”

Show your support by sending a letter to Minister Hussen.

Background

The case processing centre has been a cornerstone of the community for over 20 years.

With 280 workers—about five percent of the town’s population—it is one of the largest employers in Vegreville. The closure will kill other jobs in the community, close businesses, devastate property values, and undermine the tax base.

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December 7, 2016
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