Why is Canada ignoring Live-in Caregivers?

Citizenship and Immigration Canada recently announced they were no longer accepting applications for parents and grandparents to come to Canada in order to clear up a lengthy backlog – but would introduce a new “super” visa for them and increase the quota numbers.

Many critics suggest adding more older people to Canada’s aging population isn’t a great idea, but also point out that with Canada’s increasingly aging population and no publicly funded universal daycare system, the Live-In Caregiver immigration category should also be a high priority for the government to deal with, and increase as a result.

The waiting lists for elder care are extremely long in Canada, often taking years to place someone where they can get the care they need around the clock. And with Canada’s baby boomers soon set to retire, these waiting lists will only get longer. Live-in Caregivers are often thought of as “nannies” for younger children, but Live-in Caregivers can be an extremely valuable option for elder care as well.

The Live-In Caregiver program is not without its problems, as nannies can be exposed to abusive employers, unfair working conditions and fake job postings. The government would do well to offer more protection and resources for Live-In caregivers, which is a rewarding and legitimate way for immigrants to Canada to receive the chance to apply for permanent residency after working for a period of two years.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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