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On June 23rd, NDP Immigration critic Jinny Sims will be meeting to discuss the Live-In Caregiver program.

The meeting will take place at the Toronto Public Library at 40 Orchard View Boulevard, room 224 in the Northern district.  It will run from 12pm to 2pm.

Please view the poster below and take this time to voice your concerns regarding the Live-In Caregiver program and your experiences!

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  • Earlier today, CBC News broke the story that Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be closing the consulate in Buffalo, which has largely been used as the office where visitors processed their applications for VISAs and permits.  This required the applicants to also travel to Buffalo for their interviews.  We have been told that all applications and interviews will now be processed within Canada at a local CIC office.  This is great news for applicants but, as the consulate was recently renovated and renewed a 10 year lease, there is an estimate that Canadian taxpayers will be footing the $8 million bill for rent in the abandoned consulate.

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  • We came across this really powerful and revealing article from CaregiversOnline.org that describes the process under which an overseas caregiver gave money to a local Toronto agency for recruitment to Canada.  As most in the local industry should know, but those outside may not, caregivers cannot pay anything for recruitment to Canada and the laws are even tougher in Ontario with the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act (EPFNA).  This article serves as a strong case for regulation of caregiver agencies, which we support along with the Association of Caregiver and Nanny Agencies Canada (ACNA).  Agencies who have nothing to hide should be willing to be regulated in order to provide a community in which caregivers and families can trust the companies they are working with.  Sadly, for the male caregiver in this story, circumstances become much more difficult due to the overwhelming preference for female nannies and caregivers.  It’s unfortunate that his fellow country-person deceived him, took his money and didn’t hold up their end of the bargain even though they were operating illegally.

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  • In late 2011, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that over 14,000 open work permits would be issued to live-in caregivers who had been waiting upwards of 18 months after applying for their Permanent Residence.  At first, he was applauded by nannies who were appreciative of the ability to exit their live-in jobs to work on a live-out basis.  Unfortunately, this has resulted in an over saturation of the live-out market which is very sparse of jobs to begin with.  At our agency, we see anywhere from 20 to 30 live out nannies at our office each week and unfortunately turn 95% of them away due to the fact that, without a drivers license, there is absolutely no market for them.  Many are turning back to the live-in market which is making employers happy but delays caregivers’ independence.

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  • It’s been a few months since our last posting – what can we say, life gets busy sometimes – but we wanted to post this article that was originally published in the Toronto Star.

    TorontoLiveInCare.com’s Sharon Taylor was interviewed for the article which explores “nanny poaching” that is occurring in Toronto.  Unfortunately, 3 months after the article has been posted, we are still hearing the same stories as the market of locally available live-in caregivers continues to dwindle.

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