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:
- Permanent Residency status upon arrival for caregivers and regularization of status for all of those currently working as caregivers under the Live-In Caregiver Program and under the two streams of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
- Decent wages, dignified working conditions, and the right to organize into unions
- Protections from recruitment agencies
- Recognition of and respect for caregiving as real and important work, the work that makes all other work possible
Are you a caregiver? Do you want to be part of the struggle for decent and dignified work for all caregivers? Become a member!
Caregivers Action Centre membership has many benefits:
- It is a FREE membership
- Become a part of a community of caregivers fighting for change
- Free workshops and training on topics such as: workplace rights; immigration issues; taxes and Employment Insurance; navigating the caregiver programs; community organizing 101, etc.
- Be part of history and fight for the rights for all caregivers to have Permanent Status upon arrival
- Build your confidence by advocating for social change alongside people in a similar situation to you
- Amplify your voice by getting the chance to speak directly to policy-makers
What is expected of me as a member?
- Attend our 3-session long membership training program (starting this year on February 24, 2018)
- Attend at least 6 out of 12 meetings per year (either in-person or by phone)
- Agree with our mandate and demands (see above)