The Government of Canada has promised to make it easier for Filipino caregivers to leave their Canadian employer if they are victims of abuse. They will also be able to find an easier time to change employers, since their Work Permits will not be limited to the employer who brought them to Canada in the first place.
FILIPINO CAREGIVERS IN CANADA
One thing about Canadian immigration, it never stands still. Canada has one of the most dynamic immigration systems in the world, with programs and policies changing constantly to reflect the requirements and obligations of the country.
Canada’s immigration ministry, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced two new pilot programs: the Home Child Care Provider and the Home Support Worker.
Under the two new pilot programs, Filipino Caregivers can now bring their families with them to Canada. Previously, family members can only join the Filipino caregiver after they are granted Permanent Residency.
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, spoke to the Toronto Star about the new Caregiver pilot programs, “Canada is caring for our caregivers. We made a commitment to improve the lives of caregivers and their families who come from around the world for our loved ones and with these new pilots, we are doing exactly that.”
FILIPINO CAREGIVERS NEW PILOT PROGRAMS
The new pilot programs are a result of consultations undertaken by IRCC.
Filipino caregivers have been clamouring for changes for years, complaining about terrible working conditions with abusive Canadian employers.
Bureaucratic red tape also didn’t help things, with Filipino caregivers prevented from leaving the Canadian employer who brought them to Canada.
Before the announced changes, Caregiver Work Permits were limited to specific Canadian employers.
Caregiver advocates said that working conditions were tantamount to exploitation, and that Filipino caregivers were no more than indentured servants.
VERY LIMITED SLOTS AVAILABLE FOR FILIPINO CAREGIVERS
The new pilot programs will have limited slots available, with each having an annual cap of 2,750 each.
For both the Home Child Care Provider and the Home Support Worker, the total number of Filipino caregivers who will get Work Permits will be limited to 5,500 per year.
The cap does not include the family members who will accompany the Filipino caregiver.
CANADIAN EMPLOYERS WILL NO LONGER NEED TO APPLY FOR LMIA
Since IRCC will no longer issue employer specific Work Permits, Canadian employers will no longer need to apply for Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs).
Canadian employers will no longer need to pay the $1,000 processing fees formerly required for applying for a Filipino Caregiver.
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