Canada targets higher admissions for Live-in Caregivers in 2014



Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that Canada seeks target to admit 17,500 permanent residents through its Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) in 2014,which may result  more Filipinos coming to Canada for work.


Citing a report by POLO Toronto Labor Attaché Leonida Romulo, Baldoz said the announcement by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Minister Chris Alexander on this matter show that the Canadian government has turned its attention to the LCP by slashing application backlogs and processing times for skilled workers, parents and grandparents.

Minister Alexander has been quoted as saying that Canada recognizes the need to honour its commitment to live-in caregivers participating in the program who come to Canada with the promise of permanent residency after meeting work obligations in looking after children, the elderly, or disabled people under their care.

For several years, the backlog had grown steadily that the number of caregivers completing their work obligations and becoming eligible for permanent residency has routinely outpaced the planned levels of admissions from the program.

The LCP facilitates the entry of qualified caregivers into Canada when employers have not been able to find Canadians to fill these positions. Caregivers can apply for permanent residence in Canada after working for two years during their first four years after entry into Canada. As a result, a record number of live-in caregivers will be admitted as permanent residents of Canada in 2014.

Based on CIC Statistics on Permanent Residents by Category, 2003-2012 there were around 9,000 permanent residents admitted in 2012 under LCP. On the average, around 8,200 permanent residents under the LCP were admitted yearly for the past ten years. Of this number, approximately 4,350 were live-in caregivers or principal applicants while 3,850 more or less were their spouses and dependents.

Assuming the same trend towards the 2014 immigration plan, out of 17,500 that will be admitted as permanent residents through LCP, nearly 55 percent, or 9,625,  were live-in caregivers, while 7,875 or close to 45 percent are their spouses and dependents.

“Although open to other nationalities, the Philippines is, and continues to be, the top source of live-in caregivers in Canada. The rapid uptrend in the deployment of Filipinos to Canada in the coming years can be expected,” Baldoz said.

According to CIC, almost 50% of the total number of temporary foreign worker positions on positive LMOs issued under the LCP can be found in Ontario while Alberta and British Columbia comes second and third with 23% and 21% share, respectively.



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Created Nov 13th 2013, 13:12


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