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New rules around foreign caregivers concerning

The effective cancellation of the federal Live-in Caregiver Program makes it more time consuming and less appealing for foreign caregivers to come to Canada, says Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman.

The National Post reports that new rules governing the caregiver immigration program removes the requirement that caregivers live with the families that hire them. It also requires the usual paperwork, but with an additional $1,000 fee for a Labour Market Opinion to prove the job had been widely advertised and no qualified Canadians could fill it. 

“In the first months after the changes, documents obtained by a caregiver advocacy group showed that the number of approvals to bring in a caregiver from abroad dropped dramatically, by as much as 90 per cent,” reports the Post.

Peter Baraian