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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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  • 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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  • To those in the industry, the confirmation that there are less people entering the Live-In Caregiver program is not a surprise, but Immigration Minister Jason Kenney disclosed this information in an article recently posted here on Canada.com.

    The government also is expecting a decline in the number of people who come to Canada as part of the live-in caregiver program “because fewer people are qualifying,” he said.

    The overall point of the article is to stress the positive moves the Conservative government is making to shape the type of immigrants that Canada welcomes.  However, we are still seeing a vital, urgent and necessary need for child care solutions in Canada ignored.

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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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  • Notice for Employers: New Requirements for Employers Using Third Party Representatives

    Dear Clients,

    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.

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  • Role of a valuable nanny

    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.

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  • Trials: a new type of nanny abuse

    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.”

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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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