The Caregivers’ Action Centre (CAC) is a grassroots organization based in Toronto, Ontario, made up of current and former caregivers, newcomers and their supporters. Since 2007, we have been advocating and lobbying for fair employment, immigration status, and access to settlement services for caregivers through self-organizing, research, and education.
The CAC is an active community of live-in and live-out caregivers supporting each other. We reach out to other caregivers to inform them about their rights at work, and support them when their rights have been violated. We organize focus group discussions, roundtables, and information sessions to raise public awareness on the issues facing caregivers and the need for change.
We believe that it is through an educated and empowered community of caregivers and our supporters that we can collectively assert our rights and effect true reforms of the oppressive system created by the Federal Caregiver Program. Because of the work of grassroots organizing across the country, the live-in component is now optional. To be able to truly live and work in dignity, CAC demands:
- landed status for caregivers upon arrival
- removal of caps on applications for permanent residence introduced in November 2014
- removal of separation of streams introduced in November 2014
- removal of requirement for educational upgrading and second medical exam
- mandatory orientation for caregivers and their employers about workplace rights under the Employment Standards Act and the regulations of the Federal Caregiver Program
- equal employment and economic opportunity