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Poll results mixed feelings on Live-In Caregiver Program changements
Each month, CCA conducts a poll online. Since recent changements to the LIC Program have been causing mixed reactions within the caregiving industry, the CCA dedicated this month’s poll to the opinions of its members regarding the new regulations.
By: Ann De Boeck, Canadian Caregivers Association
The concerned changements were earlier announced by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney and are intended to better protect the rights of Live-in Caregivers and to make it easier for them and their families to obtain permanent residence in Canada. An overview of the new regulations can be consulted in the CCA Blog Archive: http://www.live-
The poll results show that the new regulations remain a hot topic among the CCA members. Firstly, no one (0%) of the respondents answered “I don’t care”, which indicates that the members – mainly caregivers – are involved in the issue. Secondly, the results illustrate that the CCA members have very mixed feelings about the changements. Of all the people that participated in our poll, 35% voted that the new changes are a “Bad idea!”. On the other hand, 29% answered that the new regulations are “Good, they will improve the program”. This polarization is also reflected in the reactions on our forum and blog. Angela writes “I don't like it! I am already in Canada for a while and my friend from Ecuador also wants to come, but because of this new law she maybe can't come to me […]”. Conny1 says “I think it will be more difficult to get a job as a live-in nanny now, because the law makes it more expensive for the employers […]” Those who support the improvements do so because of various reasons. Nageena26 says for example “I think it's good, because if you work overtime you are able to become a permanent resident faster”, while ethel cinno, katie2 and kate macdonald support the changements advocated by the late Juana Tejada.
While 1 respondent (6%) answered that the changes are “Excellent!
With the new regulations going into effect today, it remains to be seen how they will affect the Live-in Caregiver Program and lives of Live-in Caregivers in Canada.
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The Canadian Caregivers Association (CCA - ACAF) is a non-profit organization that protects the rights of Canadian families and live-in caregivers from all over Canada and warn them about malpractice in this business.