Canada Needs More Foreign Caregivers And Nannies


December 5, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Our Blog


COLIN MCCONNELL / TORONTO STAR

COLIN MCCONNELL / TORONTO STAR

Canada is one of the richest countries in the world by any economic measure. It has a seat to the table as a member of the exclusive club of G-7 Nations. With a population of only 35 million people, Canada is the second largest country in the world. One cannot talk about highly developed countries without mentioning Canada near the very top of the list.

The education system in Canada is world class, excellent working conditions, an outstanding health care system and a very high standard of living that is among the best in the world. Canada has a reputation of scoring high marks on the United Nations’ annual rankings based on quality of life, educational opportunities, unemployment and crime rates, and life expectancy.

Why should Canada allow more foreign caregivers and nannies into the country? The answer lies in the demand and supply of labour. Canada recently reached a milestone with its aging demographic. For the first time in Canada, the number of elderly Canadians has surpassed the number of children in Canada. About 16 per cent of Canadians are 14 or younger, while 16.1 per cent of Canadians are 65 or older. This means that there are more senior citizens in Canada than children.

The effects of aging alone in the elderly can be regarded as chronic condition. In addition to age-related needs, the elderly also face deteriorating health conditions requiring the care of caregivers. These senior citizens require help in personal care, shopping, transportation, attending medical appointments, managing medications, house cleaning, meal preparation and what have you.

Furthermore, Canadian mothers with young children continue to increase their participation in the labour market by working outside their homes. Regrettably, Canada does not have a national childcare program to deal with the increasing demand in child care services. Canadian mothers with young children will continue to enter and stay in the work force. This will only add pressure to the growing need for nannies and child caregivers.

The absence of a comprehensive national childcare policy in Canada means that individual Canadian families have to find nannies and child caregivers on their own. Studies are projecting that there will be an increase in labour demand for continuing care in the years ahead. The demand for labour in this sector is estimated to exceed the availability of workers if the right policies are not put in place.

Personal caregivers are definitely going to be in high demand and it does not look like there are enough Canadians who are willing to work as domestic helpers. This is why Canada has to look into bringing in foreign caregivers and nannies to take care of Canadian children, the elderly and people with high medical needs.

Caregivers in Canada are in short supply and inadequate to meet the demand. Canada needs to balance the shortage by inviting more foreign domestic helpers.

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