Caregivers In Canada And The Live-In Caregiver Program Will See Some Changes Under Prime Minister Trudeau

October 20, 2015 Our Blog

Prime Minister TrudeauCaregivers in Canada have been wondering about their fate and what would happen to the Live-In Caregiver Program during this political season. Pledges were made, policies proposed and campaign platforms were drafted in the form of promises to address issues that matter to the Canadian electorate. For caregivers in Canada, the most important issue to them during this election cycle was Immigration and the Live-In Caregiver Program.

The political season is now over, Canadian voters have spoken and the new Prime Minister has been elected to lead Canada. The Liberal Party of Canada, led by Mr. Justin Trudeau won the elections to form a majority government. By default, Canadians, caregivers in Canada, caregiver advocates, Canadian families who hire foreign caregivers, immigrants and foreign workers can expect the promises made in the Liberal Party platform to shape the immigration policies of the Liberal government.

First and foremost, the Liberal platform seeks to make it easy for caregivers to change employers in the case of bad relations or abuse. The Federal government will work with the provinces to come up with a new system to properly regulate recruitment companies and employment agencies who hire foreign caregivers for Canadian employers and families. This is to ensure that Canadian families do not have to deal with unnecessary bureaucracy when they hire foreign caregivers.

Furthermore, Mr. Justin Trudeau promised to reform the Live-In Caregiver Program, starting with the elimination of the $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee for Canadian families and employers seeking foreign nannies and caregivers to care for family members with physical or mental disabilities. This will ease the burden on Canadian families to hire and sponsor foreign caregivers.

In addition to the above, the Liberal party will prioritize family reunification by taking the following steps:

  • Double the family class immigration budget.
  • Raise the maximum dependent age from 19 to 22 years. This will help live-in caregivers to sponsor their children to Canada.
  • Approve permanent residency status to new spouses as soon as they enter Canada.

Some may be skeptical because these were all promises and not actual policies but there is no smoke without fire. One thing is for sure, most live-in caregivers in Canada, caregiver advocacy groups, caregiver agencies, caregiver recruitment companies and Canadian parents know the current Live-In Caregiver Program leaves a lot to be desired. The status does not serve caregivers well and it is not good for families trying to hire foreign caregivers.

Mike
October 20, 2015
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This is good. Right now it takes 47 months to get a nanny’s family here. I can only speak for the phillipina element, but these folks work very hard and are frequently overworked. They take us back to the core values of early Canadian immigrants: hard work and building an integrated community – and are exact
Y the kind of immigrants Canada should seek to attract. These folks are frequently overworked due to the current rules.

mary jane
October 20, 2015
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sounds great! lots of live-in nannies are working 10 and 1/2 to 12 hours and we just paid for 8 hours due to the current policies employers are taking advantage..

adel
October 20, 2015
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Good thing hopefully those promise will be in a reality.like me being live in nanny work 13 to 14 hrs/ day with net salary at twelve hundred per month.

Diana
October 20, 2015
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Hope for fair treatment to all PR applicants! I ‘ve been waiting for a long long time to become an immigrant and reunite with my family here in Canada. I met all the requirements as a lIve-in caregiver legally but until now still one of the delayed applicants!

gen
October 21, 2015
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Same here Diana, so desperate waiting for almost 6yrs working here alone and longing for my family. And presently my work is jeopardize since the renewal of work permit is too slow

Jas
October 21, 2015
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Thats great ,and hoping it will end the waiting time for LIC to wait for longer time if they change employer due of the un avoidable circumstances .Get their work permit faster as soon as they have the positive LMIA,they can work with their new employer.And another thing those who change their employer and they have positive LMIA cant get their medical health from the provincial health because either their mcp was expired and need to renew their work prmit or
they changed employer .I hope thatt this will resolve as Employer and Employee are the one who suffer for longer period of time.

Iris Lorenz
October 21, 2015
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Sounds good but would also be nice if we could look after our own family at home with income coming from the gov`t to help with the situation. It would save money on the health system by not having to build more seniors places that are so over filled and understaffed. I work in a seniors facility that has become more complex care with residents in there that are not really suited for a seniors facility, example, people with brain injuries, people with mental health issues etc. Why not create more jobs for people with needs that aren`t even being met? It`s not fair for the people dealing with those issues and it`s not fair to the staff who are untrained for situations such as these which can also cause staff to call in sick more because of stress issues.

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