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On Saturday, June 23rd, New Democratic Party (NDP) Immigration critic Jinny Sims met with caregivers and advocates in a townhall meeting in Toronto.

We would like to sincerely thank Currents & Breaking News and TheGotchaJournalist for documenting this meeting as we were unable to attend.  Please make sure to view these links; all videos are taken by and remain property of them.

Suffice to say that this was a very emotional display by caregivers in Toronto who were brave enough to tell their heart-wrenching stories.

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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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  • 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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  • By Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News, November 10, 2011

    OTTAWA — Immigrants admitted through the government’s foreign live-in caregiver stream say they’ve been duped by the immigration minister, who touted the program’s success and certain growth prior to the May election, only to claw back on the number targeted for permanent residency next year.

    Although the government maintains 98 per cent of live-in caregivers eventually become permanent residents, last week Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said fewer people were qualifying for the program, adding that it was one of two streams poised to take a hit in 2012 as the government freezes overall immigration while boosting certain economic streams.

    It’s a far different tune than the one Kenney was singing last year.

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  • To those in the industry, the confirmation that there are less people entering the Live-In Caregiver program is not a surprise, but Immigration Minister Jason Kenney disclosed this information in an article recently posted here on Canada.com.

    The government also is expecting a decline in the number of people who come to Canada as part of the live-in caregiver program “because fewer people are qualifying,” he said.

    The overall point of the article is to stress the positive moves the Conservative government is making to shape the type of immigrants that Canada welcomes.  However, we are still seeing a vital, urgent and necessary need for child care solutions in Canada ignored.

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  • In April 2010, the entire Live-In Caregiver industry was turned upside down and the federal immigration program was rendered almost unrecognizable.  There is no question that abuses of the LCP were widespread and rampant, and that changes were needed.  However, what happened next seemed to be a knee-jerk reaction; all of the onus was shifted to the employer and caregivers were now going to be provided better work environments, faster processing and increased protection under the program.

    1 1/2 years later, we are taking a look back and discussing ways to move forward for actual protection because, let’s face it.. we are worse off than we were before.  Double the processing times, on average, for caregivers and families in regards to LMOs, work permits, initial PR assessment (open work permits), final Permanent Residency and family reunification.  Abusive agencies and families moving to a “black market” unscrupulous industry.  Worse than that, the Conservative Immigration Minister has been silent on the issue after rallying the Filipino Canadian community to provide overwhelming support for his party in the last Federal election.

    Today we met with a foreign Live-In Caregiver who has been put through the ringer and her story is shocking and shows exactly why agencies need to be regulated and enforcement needs to be taken seriously.  We’d like to share her story with you.

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  • So you have finished your 24 months, waited through the terribly long processing times for your open permits or Permanent Residence and you’re looking for a live-out job.  Alternatively, you may be a newcomer live-in caregiver or nearing the end of your program looking ahead to working on a live-out basis.  What can you do to prepare yourself to secure the best possible live-out caregiver position? Check out our top five transitional steps to take before moving to this market.

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  • Lately, we have been receiving an abundance of hits via a site called CanadaVisa.com where an angry group of Live In Caregivers have been using their discussion forums to compare processing times. Unsurprisingly, many are irate with the increases and now there is talk of mobilizing to create a protest and strike across Canada.

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  • Notice for Employers: New Requirements for Employers Using Third Party Representatives

    Dear Clients,

    We are pleased to inform you that we have a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant on staff, whose name appears on the ICCRC website’s Membership List, and as a result, our agency is able to legally process your LMO or a Work Permit application.

    As you may be aware, there have been some important changes that regulate paid third party representatives in the labour market opinion (LMO) application process. These amendments require the paid third party representatives to be authorized before providing services for a fee in order to better protect employers and temporary foreign workers from acts of fraud.

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  • Trials: a new type of nanny abuse

    Through our dealings with the agency, we have been exposed to a new type of abuse that nannies are going through with employers, specifically in the Greater Toronto Area, but likely beyond.  It seems innocent enough at first, but home care workers are being taken on a ride with promises of paperwork done and after weeks, and sometimes months, of being overworked and underpaid (if paid at all), they are let go on the basis that “it was only a trial.”

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