for foreign caregivers in Canadawho wants to apply for permanent residency status. The government of Canada has
implemented shorter procedures in the application of permanent residency of
foreign caregivers. Aside from the easier process, Canada has also approved new
policies that would protect foreign caregivers from abusive employers.
to Jason Kenney, Minister of Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and
Multiculturalism, the new policies in Canada approved the new laws that
are favorable to foreign workers in response to reports that some foreign
caregivers are maltreated by their Canadian employers.
said that it is “frustrating” that many live-in caregivers chose to stay in
their employer’s home even after completing their work contracts as they still
need to wait for the result of their permanent residency status application.
The Minister added that in some cases, this set-up resulted to the caregivers
being maltreated by their employers
“This is understandably frustrating. That's why we have started issuing open
work permits to live-in caregivers as soon as they have completed their
obligations and submitted an application for permanent residence.”
procedure would now allow foreign caregivers to apply for permanent residency
after completing 3900 hours of work. Work hours are used to ensure that
overtime work would be recognized. Past procedure require the workers to
complete two (2) years of work before they would be eligible to apply for
permanent residency. The result for the permanent residency application should
also be given in 18 months or less.
medical exam for the permanent residency application is also not part of the
new requirements. A new standardized employment contract would also be followed
to ensure that both the worker and the employer agrees to important work
conditions such as salary, work hours, vacation time, overtime, holidays, sick
leave, and the terms of termination and resignation.
the new guidelines clearly states the
amount that an employer needs to shoulder in hiring a foreign caregiver such as
travel expenses, medial insurance, workplace safety insurance, and third-party
representative fees. The employer also need to shoulder the emergency
processing of work permits and give employer authorizations to hire live-in
caregivers who have been abused and need to leave their employment immediately.Canadahad also set up a special phone service for live-in caregivers so it would be
easier for them to ask for help if necessary.
in Canadawould also ensure that all job offers are legitimate by checking the working
conditions and accommodations of foreign caregivers. They would also scrutinize
the financial standing of the employer to see if they would not have difficult
time in giving proper wages of the caregivers.
who have not properly followed the terms of employment of past work contracts
will not be allowed to hire foreign workers including caregivers for two years.
Ambassador of the Philippine Embassy in Canada said that the new labor
polices for caregivers shows “the continued trust and confidence of the
Canadian society on the skills and dedication to work of Filipinos in general.”