Question: Is there an organization that is “encouraging” the Canadian government to grant more visas for Cubans who do not want to immigrate but wish to visit Canada briefly, and/or possibly work here for several months?
Answer: In an email consultation with several Canadian-based solidarity groups with Cuba, the consensus is that no such organization exists in Canada. Instead, each visa is handled individually as a specific case, and it appears that Canada often does not give a reason for refusing a visa.
That said, some Cubans have received visas to immigrate to Canada, some have received visas to make visits for specific purposes, such as performing musicians, or doctors or other professionals attending a conference, or Cuban students attending a short- or longer-term educational program in Canada, etc. It appears that the Canadian government takes into account who, on the Canadian end, is inviting the Cuban – if it is a reputable organization or university, or if it is an individual.
Even when people get married – in this case, a Cuban and a Canadian – it is not easy to get a visa and can indeed take a year to a year and a half.