Canada needs caregivers to look after their elderly, but it seems like the government isn’t much concerned about them. Most of these caregivers come from Indonesia, the Caribbean, and the Philippines. For many years, families in Canada have enjoyed hiring immigrant caregivers are minimal costs through a federal program to look after their children or parents. In return for working for Canadian families for two years live-in, the caregivers were given Canadian permanent residency and it was a win-win situation for both the parents. But that was only until 2014 when the Harper government brought in added conditions for the caregivers to give a language proficiency test and have a post-secondary diploma to qualify for Canadian permanent residency. Working as a nanny or a caregiver is a very tiring job because you are working all day long. Studying to get a diploma has made it difficult for them to cope up with life. And because of that, only 555 caregivers were granted permanent residency since November 2014. Between 2006 and November 2014, 8,000 caregivers issued with permanent residency. All those workers who’ve got permanent residency are trying to get their families to Canada for a better lifestyle. But not all will be able to do so since the Immigration Department put up a notice that caregivers who wouldn’t have completed two years of live-in work until November 29, 2019, will not be eligible for permanent residency. Care work is real Caregivers’ Action Centre believes that care work is real and important. Trudeau government needs to reward them by giving them permanent residency. The center wants to Trudeau to reinstate the original program as it brought around 4,000 to 6,000 caregivers to Canada every year. If the program is stopped, no one will come to Canada, a couple with an aging population that desperately needs help to look after the elderly.
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