Vicky allowed to stay in Canada for another two years

Immediate Release

June 25, 2015

On the evening of July 24 Maria Victoria “Vicky” Venancio received good news from the office of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander. She will receive a two-year open work permit. This means that she will be able to work legally in Canada in the next two years, effective immediately. This news was delivered by Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park Tim Uppal.

“I am very happy to receive this amazing news”, said Vicky “I got two years Legally able to stay in Canada” she added. Maria Victoria Venancio or Vicky as the community called her is the quadriplegic temporary foreign worker. She came to Canada in 2011 to work and was seriously injured in a car accident on her way to work in 2012. Vicky lost her immigration status along with Alberta Health Care benefits and was told to leave Canada.

“This is great news and I was very happy for Vicky, her tenacity along with the relentless efforts of our community specially in Edmonton really paid off” said Tess Agustin, Chairperson of Migrante Canada. “We welcome this development but we remain vigilant. This is the 1st step towards Vicky’s struggle to permanently stay in Canada”, Agustin added.

“Thank God for this wonderful blessing, to family, friends, church communities and organizations who’s been supporting me. Our hard work really paid off. This victory is not only for me, but for us. I can’t make it without your help and support. I think tonight is the best sleep I will ever have after 3 years” said Vicky.

The Justice 4 Vicky, which is composed of individuals and organizations, continue its support through petition signing, getting letters of support from organizations and individuals and raising necessary funds for Vicky’s legal, medical and personal expenses.


Alberta Medical Association supports Vicky

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) has issued a statement in support of Vicky, stating that the province has an obligation to provide care for temporary foreign workers, even those whose contracts have ended.

From the article:

The Alberta Medical Association is speaking out on the plight of temporary workers injured in Alberta.

In a letter to a doctor advocating for Maria Victoria Venancio, AMA president Dr. Richard Johnston said temporary workers who come to Canada to contribute to the economy deserve support.

“​The need for care and support does not end because a worker is due or required to leave the province,” Johnston wrote.

Venancio, 29, a worker from the Philippines, was hit by a car in June 2012 while riding her bike to work. The crash left her a quadriplegic and because she couldn’t work her visa was not renewed.

Johnston said there needs to be clear definitions about when the province’s responsibility for health care for TFWs begins and ends, adding that once a person starts receiving medical care it’s important for the care to be completed.

“The corporations for whom the individual works should also bear some obligation,” he added.

Practice makes perfect

When the government talks about TFWs and immigration decisions, they try to avoid telling you that these decisions are about living, breathing individuals. They have hopes and dreams and want nothing more than to contribute. Vicky is exactly that kind of person and deserves to have a chance to recover from her injuries and share her gifts with our Canadian community.

Welcome to our new website

Thank you for visiting our website. We created this site to help raise awareness of Vicky Venancio, an Edmontonian, a contributing member of her community and someone who deserves to stay in Canada. This site will have the latest information about all the efforts to keep Vicky Venancio in Canada.