MANILA – Canada is opening its doors a little wider for foreign workers, including Filipinos, seeking permanent residency under the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.
“Although open to other nationalities, the Philippines is, and continues to be, the top source of live-in caregivers in Canada. The rapid uptrend in the deployment of Filipinos to Canada in the coming years can be expected,” said DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
For 2014, Baldoz said Canada is targeting to admit 17,500 permanent residents through the program.
Baldoz said the Canadian government focused its attention to the LCP by slashing application backlogs and processing time for skilled workers, parents and grandparents.
She said Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Minister Chris Alexander has been quoted as saying that Canada recognizes the need to honor its commitment to live-in caregivers participating in the program who come to Canada with the promise of permanent residency after meeting work obligations in looking after children, the elderly, or disabled people under their care.
The LCP facilitates the entry of qualified caregivers into Canada when employers have not been able to find Canadians to fill these positions. Caregivers can apply for permanent residence in Canada after working for two years during their first four years after entry into Canada. As a result, a record number of live-in caregivers will be admitted as permanent residents of Canada in 2014.
Based on CIC Statistics on Permanent Residents by Category, 2003-2012 there were around 9,000 permanent residents admitted in 2012 under LCP. On the average, around 8,200 permanent residents under the LCP were admitted yearly for the past 10 years. Of this number, approximately 4,350 were live-in caregivers or principal applicants while 3,850 more or less were their spouses and dependents.
Assuming the same trend towards the 2014 immigration plan, out of 17,500 that will be admitted as permanent residents through LCP, nearly 55 percent, or 9,625, are live-in caregivers, while 7,875 or close to 45 percent are their spouses and dependents.