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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Published December 7, 2011 in Embassy Magazine

    By Manuela Gruber Hersch, ACNA Canada

    Canada’s live-in caregiver program has been successful for decades. However, changes in April 2010 designed to protect foreign caregivers and a decreased quota of permanent residence applications for 2012 have many in the industry concerned about the program’s future.

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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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  • Globe & Mail editorial – Published November 7, 2011

    Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s plan to accept 10,000 more skilled workers into Canada next year is a sound one, and so is the government’s overall target of 255,000 newcomers. Some other changes make less sense, and may be motivated by politics, more than economics.

    Mr. Kenney acknowledged that the seven-year backlog to sponsor grandparents and parents has become unmanageable, and announced a two-year moratorium on applications. In the meantime, however, he will increase the quota by 10,000 over two years, to 25,000, and introduce a two-year multiple-entry visitor’s visa for these family members.

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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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  • 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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  • Before the last election, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney proposed significant changes to the live in caregiver program and caregiver groups were in overwhelming support. Promises of no second medical, over-time accruement towards faster completion, no recruitment fees, flights paid, health insurance, and most importantly of all, faster Permanent Residence processing times. In the following video at Caregivers One Special Day, Kenney reiterates many of those promises:

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  • ACNA Canada tipped us off to a very well written blog called An Uncomplicated Mind which, in this article by Joe Rivera, describes the thoughts of a community that has been taken for a ride by our government and has really been made to look foolish.  Minister Kenney made a lot of people act in a particularly naive way after vowing to fight for their rights.  But the honeymoon is over and this excerpt from the original posting outlines that very clearly..

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