Consultation ongoing for Live-in Caregiver Program in Canada

By Veronica Silva, ABS-CBN Canada

Posted at Aug 05 2014 06:13 PM | Updated as of Aug 06 2014 02:13 AM

TORONTO - The federal government is currently doing the rounds to seek inputs from stakeholders in its ongoing review of the Live-in Caregiver Program or LCP.

Balitang Canada sources confirmed these consultations with some members of the Filipino community in key cities like Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.

In these meetings, kababayans reiterated their call for landed permanent resident status for caregivers.

"Nakikita naming na ito ay mahalagang recommendation para ma-address ang vulnerability ng mga caregivers," said Christopher Sorio, vice chairman of Migrante Canada.

This amid speculation that the pathway to permanent residency status might be removed from the LCP.

"Nakakatakot sa community yung ganito kasi unang-una kaya tayo pumupunta sa Canada ay para dalhin ang ating mga kapamilya para magkaroon ng magandang kinabukasan," said former caregiver, Pinky Paglingayen.

With these concerns, Pinoys in Ontario have been meeting to craft recommendations to government as consultations continue.

Some caregivers also do not want the live-in requirement as the situation is prone to abuse. Instead, what they want are opportunities to upgrade their skills, so that they can move on and contribute more to the Canadian economy.

"Ang sabi ng ministro sa atin baka end of August i-meet tayo at magkakaroon ng second round of consultations at kukunin niya lahat ng recommendations sa iba't-ibang lugar. Ang next steps para sa atin kailangan pag-igihin natin, pagbutihan natin ang ating recommendation so that yung magiging reporma ay galing sa atin," said Julius Tiangson, executive director, Gateway Center for New Canadians.

The LCP is the only program with a pathway to permanent residency among the streams in the temporary foreign workers program.