Canada reforms caregiver program; promises faster action on applications for permanent residence

Date Posted: December 16th, 2014 12:33 AM

Canada reforms caregiver program; promises faster action on applications for permanent residence Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Toronto has reported that the government of Canada had implemented reforms in its caregiver program, a feature of its immigration system as a component of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. “Labor Attache Leonida Romulo had reported that Minister Chris Alexander of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) had announced sweeping reforms in Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP). Filipinos who wish to work in Canada as caregivers must study the reforms to ensure they make correct decisions about their plans,” said Baldoz. The LCP, now the Caregiver Program, enables Canadian employers to recruit foreign nationals to live and work in their homes to provide childcare or home support for senior citizens or Canadians with disabilities when there are no Canadians or permanent residents to fill available positions. After two years of work, caregivers have the option to apply for permanent residence. The CIC said on its website that the removal of the live-in requirement will result to greater opportunities for Canadians in caregiver occupations and an increase in wages for foreign caregivers after employers clearly demonstrate that there are no Canadians available for the job. It also said the Government of Canada plans to admit 30,000 caregivers (including their spouses and dependants) in 2015 by fast-tracking applications from those who have completed their work experience but are facing long waits for their permanent residence to be nts to be accepted under this pathway is 2,750 per year. The second pathway, Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway, is for caregivers who provide support to those with high medical needs. The requirements are as follows: (1) two-year full-time work experience in Canada providing in-home care or care in a health facility to the elderly or persons with disabilities or chronic diseases; (2) licensed to practice in Canada; and (3) “intermediate” Canadian language benchmark 7 provided in a designated third-party language test, if applying as a registered nurse website for more detailed information, and urged them to only deal with legitimate and licensed Philippine recruitment agencies to avoid getting duped or victimized by illegal recruitment agencies and individuals with criminal intent. “Still, the safe and legal pathway to work overseas is through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration,” she said. END

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