Good news for live-in caregivers: open work permits

Open work permits issued to live-in caregivers

According to this CBC News article, at least 10,000 open work permits have been issued to live-in caregivers (more details here).

Many advocates of live-in caregivers say the move is unprecedented, as the open work permit allows live-in caregivers to come to Canada but not have to be tied directly to the family that sponsored them to come to Canada.

This results in live-in caregivers being able to choose work that is safe for them without having to leave Canada – something live-in caregivers have found difficult in the past, especially if the families that sponsored them were abusive or unfair.

Effectively, the Canadian government has protected the rights of the live-in caregivers while still allowing them to work in Canada.

The Canadian government had not made a public announcement about the open work permits, and the CBC has been unable to get a comment on the issue from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. It is not yet known if this is a permanent change to immigration policy or just a one-time deal.

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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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