Tell Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to reconsider the closure of the Vegreville Immigration Centre
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The Honourable Ahmed Hussen
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
House of Commons
Subject: Please reconsider the closure of the Vegreville Immigration Centre
Dear Minister Hussen,
I am writing to urge you to reconsider the closure of the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta.
The closure will have a devastating impact on workers and their families, the Vegreville community, and all other surrounding communities.
lt will kill jobs in the community, close businesses, devastate property values, and undermine the tax base—making it harder to operate hospitals, schools and other essential community services.
The case processing centre in Vegreville 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 town’s largest employers.
It is not realistic to expect workers to sell their homes and leave their communities, or commute over 100 kilometres away to Edmonton to be able to keep the jobs they love and have held for years.
I stand in solidarity with the affected workers in Vegreville and condemn this ill-advised decision.
I encourage you to work with Public Service Alliance of Canada, the employees at the centre and the local community to come up with a solution that will meet the government's goals in a way that will also benefit the workers and the community.
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