It is our recommendation that no third-party should hire caregivers or temporary foreign workers on behalf of employers. The only real and permanent solution is granting these workers permanent resident immigration status on landing – this is our key recommendation. As an interim measure, we propose open or sectoral work permits along with stronger provincial labour protections as fairer and more effective mechanisms than regulated companies to hire caregivers. Permanent immigration status on landing does not entail a closure of the temporary foreign workers program or a mass expansion of it. Rather we propose a third way: inclusion and access for low-waged racialized women in care work to Canada with full rights and benefits that can only be secured by permanent resident status.
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