Vancouver approves "access without fear" policy
Yesterday, City Council approved an "access without fear" policy. This is a big step forward to making our city a more inclusive, welcoming place to live.
Access without fear confirms that residents with uncertain immigration status or no permanent resident status can access city services with the knowledge that no information about their status will be shared with the Canadian Border Services Agency.
This is important because many people with uncertain status often are scared to come forward and access services in times of need for fear of punishment.
The Mayor's working group on immigration worked closely with a number of community stakeholders for the past two years on this policy.
Vancouver is now the first city in western Canada with an access without fear policy.