TorontoLiveInCare.com

By TOM GODFREY, TORONTO SUN

Canada’s nanny program is being used as a loophole to get into the country, an industry group says.

“There is no obligation for nannies to work for the family,” said Manuela Gruber Hersch, president of the Association of Caregivers and Nanny Agencies Canada, a group that works with nannies and sponsors.

Gruber Hersch said she worked on a case three months ago in which a nanny called her sponsor in Grande Praire, Alta. after arriving at Calgary International Airport to tell them she wasn’t showing up for work.

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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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  • On March 8, we were notified by the Association of Caregiver and Nanny Agencies Canada (ACNA), of which Execu-Nannies is a supporting member, that the proposed changes to the Live-In Caregiver program have been passed.  ACNA met with Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in September of 2009 to provide their input on the proposed changes but none of their suggestions were taken into consideration and we think this is regrettable.

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