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.
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:
The following article, originally from Filipino news blog Atinitonews.com, sums up the further struggles of Live-In Caregivers in Canada despite Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s promise of widespread change for them. Canadian employers are paying exponentially more than just a few years ago to hire these caregivers from abroad and this was supposed to ensure that Live-In Caregivers were to enjoy better employment protection, faster processing and less hassle in general. Unfortunately, processing times have doubled, the Conservative government is silent on the issue and – as we discussed in a previous article – caregivers are actually being seriously and negatively affected by these increases as their OHIP is running out before they can even get their open permit.
Is this the end for the LCP, or are we just in the midst of a change? Seems like these changes have been going on for ever though, and I don’t think anyone is really sure how it’s going to end up.
Notice for Employers: New Requirements for Employers Using Third Party Representatives
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.
Written in 1990 by principal and founder of Execu-Nannies Inc., Sharon Taylor, this is the standard by which we choose our applicants. They are our family philosophies and reflect the many common desires of our ever growing family of clients. We hope we can find you someone special!
We choose you to be a role model friend and teacher to our children. You learn our parenting style and value system and step into our shoes when we are not there. As each week goes by, we trust you more and appreciate your performance to reinforce that trust. We believe that Parents and Nanny are equals and on the same team – our respective professions are only different.
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.”
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:
It is no secret that employers benefit from a good nanny, but what is often overlooked is that employers benefit even more from a happy nanny, and in this competitive market employers will now have to promote their jobs to attract the top quality caregivers. So in this post we are going to address what makes a nanny happy and how you do it without going overboard.
We see so many nannies that have stayed in low calibre jobs, just suffering beyond existence. They didn’t enjoy the environment and often describe it as “toxic” for them. “Why did you stay?”, we ask them. They may have done a reasonable job, but ask yourself, how much better a job could they have done if they were happy? How would your children have benefited?
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.
Effective April 1, 2010, employers in Canada who wish to hire a foreign Live-In Caregiver under the federal immigration program must abide by new regulations that will seriously impact Canadian families.
For a detailed analysis of the changes, please check out our blog post and tell us what you think about how this will affect your family and your decision to pursue the hiring of a Live-In Caregiver in the future.