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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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  • On June 30, 2011, Bill-C35 was enacted to govern third party representatives involved in the paperwork process of hiring foreign workers in Canada.  This affects the Live-In Caregiver Program.  For more information, please read the following Frequently Asked Questions page from Citizenship and Immigration:

    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/representative/faq.asp

     

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  • It’s been over one month since the new legislation took effect in Canada and caregivers across the country can still be heard celebrating the triumph for Live-In Caregivers in the federal immigration program.  Indeed, they have every right to celebrate; they are already here approaching their Permanent Residency to ensure a better life for them and their family.  Workers who want to come here now seem to have one of the best job opportunities available; competitive wages, affordable room and board, free immigration processing, free health care till provincial coverage kicks in, workers compensation, paid airfare, no obligation to stay with the employer if they don’t like the job and Permanent Residence within 2 years or less in one of the best countries you could choose to settle in.  To top it off, these workers are highly in demand to fill a role that the Canadian labour market lacks entirely.

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  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) has released a great “Q & A” document on their website for employers, employees and agencies to read in order familiarize themselves with the changes to the Live-In Caregiver Program and how they will be affected by them.

    Click “read more” to gain access to this link!

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  • For most of the top tier agencies, placement fees have stayed relatively the same for the last few years.  In our opinion, the steady rate has more to do with the fact that there have been hundreds of fly-by-night business popping up offering free placements and cheap recruitment to Canadian families.  To combat this, those that provide a high level of service to their clientel have not been able to increase fees according to inflation and growing operating costs.  But that’s all about to change now that agents who do the majority of their business with overseas candidates will have to stop charging exorbitant fees to nannies for recruitment.

    Consider this…

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