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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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  • 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!

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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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  • So you have finished your 24 months, waited through the terribly long processing times for your open permits or Permanent Residence and you’re looking for a live-out job.  Alternatively, you may be a newcomer live-in caregiver or nearing the end of your program looking ahead to working on a live-out basis.  What can you do to prepare yourself to secure the best possible live-out caregiver position? Check out our top five transitional steps to take before moving to this market.

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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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  • 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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  • The low supply and the high demand is definitely taking it’s tole on employers who are looking locally and unable to sponsor from overseas.

    Good employers are not finding the skills that they really need.  They are having to lower their standards all the time and it is quite unsettling to them.

    We have some very good suggestions of how to “snag” that elusive, top nanny in the local market.

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  • The benefits of a happy nanny

    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?

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