US and Canadian Immigration lawyer Andy Semotiuk: This piece in the Globe and Mail outlines the Canadian government’s new plans for immigration in general, and the live-in caregiver program in particular:
The Conservative government plans to increase immigration levels significantly as it heads into an election year in 2015.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said on Friday that Canada aims to welcome as many as 285,000 new permanent residents next year, which is the highest planned total “in recent history,” according to the Minister…
Mr. Alexander also announced changes to the live-in caregiver program, which brings about 5,000 people to the country every year. The government will drop the requirement that nannies live with their employers during their first years in Canada. Mr. Alexander said he had met with people who said the live-in situation opened them up to abuse. They described their living conditions as “modern day slavery,” he said.
“We are putting an end to that. These reforms show the valuable role caregivers play in all our lives.”
The government says it will also speed the processing of permanent residency applications from the live-in caregiver stream. The backlog was so large it could take as long as 10 years for someone to bring over relatives, a situation that put a strain on many families, particularly mothers who had left children at home.