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| October 6, 2016

'Project Guardian' raids on caregivers leads to calls for immigration reform

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Kenney recycles old policy announcements on Live-in Caregiver Program

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On October 7, 2015, Defense Minister Jason Kenney convened a press conference at Mount Zion Filipino Seventh-Day Adventist Church at North York, Toronto to announce what he called a "major policy announcement" concerning the Caregiver Program.

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Election 2015: Edmonton candidates pledge to reform Harper's immigration policies

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Abuse and barriers increase under new caregiver program regulations

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Despite Immigration Minister Chris Alexander's promises to the Filipino and migrant communities that the November 2014 changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program provided greater protections to caregivers and quickened processing times, the opposite has occurred.

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Need for reform of Temporary Foreign Worker Program highlighted by Human Rights verdict

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On May 27, 2015, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decreed Presteve Foods Inc. and owner Jose Pratas guilty of abusing temporary foreign workers. It awarded two of the 40 plaintiffs, known only in court documents as OPT and MPT, more than $200,000 in damages, the largest sum it has ever awarded, with the other plaintiffs reaching a settlement earlier with Presteve Foods.

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April 1 deadline looms for children of temporary foreign workers

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On April 1, 2015, new federal government rules will set the stage for the largest set of deportations in Canada's history. An estimated 70,000 temporary foreign workers whose contracts are expiring will either voluntarily leave Canada, be given deportation orders, or will continue living here without legal documents.

Ethel Tungohan interviewed temporary foreign workers about the impact the 4 & 4 rule will have on them and their families. All names in this piece have been changed to protect the interviewees.

 

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Migrant advocacy groups fight April 1 temporary foreign worker deportations

On April 1, 2015, an estimated 70,000 temporary foreign workers whose contracts are expiring will either voluntarily leave Canada, be given deportation orders, or will continue living here without legal documents. Based on the number of temporary foreign workers seeking assistance from settlement services agencies and migrant organizations, 16,000 temporary foreign workers in Alberta will lose status in Alberta, which migrant advocates stress is a conservative estimate.

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Changes to Live-in Caregivers Program harm workers

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Immigration Minister Chris Alexander's changes to the Live-In Caregivers program will harm caregivers. So, several groups have united in opposition to the changes to show a united front.

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