I would like to believe that all of us had gone through different levels of difficulties or struggles while we were applying to come to Canada. Given that, the bait for us to come here is to have a better life and a lot of opportunities… the so called, “Place of Milk and Honey”. I have no regrets. Canada is a great place to live and with a lot of things to offer, but not all of us are given the bread and butter. From my experience, as a victim of the bogus operandi of employment agencies here in Canada, it served as an eye opener about migrant workers, particularly in the Live-in Caregiver Program. As a testimony, I am a living example of exploitation and abuse – yet, it’s because of the help of other people, like Pura Velasco, who is a tireless worker for the live-in caregivers, that I have the courage to speak the truth, and know that we can all overcome our problems. I am a product of the great work of Caregivers’ Action Centre (CAC)… – Catherine Manuel
My employer got upset one day and she suddenly terminated me. I asked for my ROE and T4 but she said she will call the Immigration to deport me. I am not afraid because I know that I didn’t do anything wrong and I know my right… – A.J.
They pay me cash of 250 dollars weekly without a pay slip and I don’t have a regular day off. I asked for a pay slip to know my deductions, but they insist that it is not necessary. They told me not to listen to my friends’ advice because they are giving me the wrong information. The Caregivers’ Action Centre information session on the Employment Standard Act that I attended gave me the courage to protect my rights. I asked for my pay cheque with pay slip and they keep on delaying. The husband was verbally abusive every time I followed it up. I ddn’t have peace of mind and I decided to quit my job. My employer didn’t give my one month salary and vacation pay. I filed a complaint to the Ministry of Labor and after a lengthy process, the Ministry of Labour ordered my employer to pay one month salary and vacation pay… – E.J.D.
My employers gave a higher pay to a weekend caregiver. When the weekend worker was not available, my employers asked me and I agreed to work the extra day. According to the employers, as I was already working for them it wasn’t fair to give me the same amount as the weekend worker. To avoid the argument, I just agreed with them and took a lesser pay than the weekend caregiver… – J.S.
I had worked for two wonderful employers but unfortunately I had difficulties getting from them the documents required for applying for an open work permit and permanent residency. I followed up through emails, phone calls and registered mail just to get those documents. After waiting for months, I finally received them and could pass my papers to CIC. It was an unpleasant experience. I can say that this is one of the examples of the vulnerability of live-in caregivers… – C.A.