In Toronto, the Caregivers Action Centre spearheaded the presscon at MWAC’s office with significant numbers of media people present. The events had become an avenue to reveal the closed-door meetings that the Federal Government had been conducting in connection to its plan to remove the permanent residency on the Live in Caregiver Program.
In the conference, it was emphasized the valuable work that a caregiver does, not only to the family where she works but to the community as well. For a caregiver to effectively accomplish her/his duties, he/she has different hats to wear. He/She can be a teacher, a nurse, a counselor, a dietician, a chef, an event planner, an engineer, and a construction worker at times.
CAREGIVERS ARE SKILLED WORKERS.
WE ARE NOT DISPOSABLE.
The Caregivers Action Centre along with other community friends and allies strongly and clearly said only one thing:
PERMANENT RESIDENCY ON ARRIVAL.
For further information, please check on the following sites:
Globe and Mail: Foreign live-in caregivers demand Canadian permanent residency rights – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/foreign-live-in-caregivers-demand-canadian-permanent-residency-rights/article21042685/
CBC: Express entry system floated as government’s fix to live-in caregiver woes –http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/express-entry-system-floated-as-government-s-fix-to-live-in-caregiver-woes-1.2782850
Toronto Star: Foreign nannies fear losing their pathway to permanent status –http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2014/10/09/foreign_nannies_fear_losing_their_pathway_to_permanent_status.html
24H Vancouver: Live-in caregiving called ‘slavery’ –http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2014/10/09/live-in-caregiving-called-slavery
MSN Canada: Changes to live-in caregiver program won’t solve backlog, groups fear –http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/changes-to-live-in-caregiver-program-wont-solve-backlog-groups-fear/ar-BB8i619