Foreign caregivers in Canada decrease due to changes in Canada immigration rules

This was revealed by the Association of Caregiver and Nanny Agencies Canada (ACNA).

The move by Immigration Canada has meant higher costs along with high risks for families in Canada needing helps of caregivers.

The new Canada immigration rules for nannies and caregivers in Canada came into effect from April 1 2010 onwards. So now, families requiring the services of nannies or caregivers for their children or elderly/disabled people will have to shell out higher costs including employee recruitment, travel expenses, medical insurance and compensation premiums for workers.

And all such higher costs of hiring nannies/caregivers in Canada have led to a decline of 70 to 90 percent in the placements for foreign caregivers.

A large number of families requiring child care or elderly care are left with no such services as several renowned caregiver agencies in Canada have put their shutters down and ended their services, alleges president of ACNA Canada, Manuela Gruber Hersch.

While the new Canada immigration rules mean increased burden on families seeking services of caregivers or nannies in Canada, the new rules do not ask for any obligation on the part of the caregivers to stay with the concerned families and also have the option of terminating their employment as and when they feel like doing so.

And such rules are definitely having a negative impact on not just the families in Canada but also on the productivity of the nation, added Gruber Hersch.

So, new Canada immigration rules for nanny/caregivers are actually authorizing overseas caregivers to misuse Canadian families since the caregivers do not require to spend anything on coming to Canada and staying with the families for whom they want to work.

The rules have also affected many caregivers ready to offer services of caregivers to families but due to limited job opportunities, they have to look to offshore placement services for getting help.

The caregiver association in Canada has urged Canada immigration minister Jason Kenney to consider families using LCP not equivalent to the businesses using Temporary Foreign Worker Program of Canada since the aim of families is not to earn any profit but to raise healthy kids and care for the elderly. 

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