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Liberals take action to fix broken caregiver program

Posted on June 11, 2015

For Immediate Release

June 11, 2015

OTTAWA – John McCallum, MP for Markham-Unionville and Liberal Critic for Citizenship & Immigration, tabled a bill today to fix the broken caregiver program.

“Since Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau asked me to take on this file I have continuously heard complaints about the caregiver program,” said Mr. McCallum. “Repeated failed attempts by the Conservatives to fix the program have only made things worse. Today I am presenting a plan to fix much of what is wrong with the caregiver program.”

Under Bill C-690, foreign caregivers would be hired by private agencies. Families looking to hire a caregiver would work with these private organizations to find the right caregiver for their family and situation.

“There are problems that affect everyone in the current program,” continued Mr. McCallum. “Canadian families need to navigate a complicated bureaucracy and take on substantial risk, while the caregivers can find themselves trapped in an abusive situation, unsure of where to turn for help.”

C-690 shifts the employment of caregivers from individual families to these private caregiver agencies. This means that caregivers in an abusive situation do not have to fear for their employment if they report abuse and families no longer need to navigate the bureaucratic temporary foreign worker system, instead they can focus on finding the right caregiver for their family.

Further, with only a few dozen employers of caregivers instead of tens of thousands of individual families, the government can closely regulate and monitor the hiring of caregivers.

“Under this plan, the caregiver system will be closely monitored,” concluded Mr. McCallum. “We can ensure that caregivers are free of abusive situations, while also ensuring that Canadian families continue to receive top notch caregivers for their loved ones.”

 

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