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.
On June 23rd, NDP Immigration critic Jinny Sims will be meeting to discuss the Live-In Caregiver program.
The meeting will take place at the Toronto Public Library at 40 Orchard View Boulevard, room 224 in the Northern district. It will run from 12pm to 2pm.
Please view the poster below and take this time to voice your concerns regarding the Live-In Caregiver program and your experiences!
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.
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.
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:
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.