17,500 Filipino Caregivers To Become Canada Permanent Residents Starting 2014

A record 17,500 Filipino caregivers currently working in Canada are expected to become permanent residents by 2014 after Ottawa expedited application blogs and reduced processing times for skilled workers, according to Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The path to permanent residence of Filipino caregivers is part of Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), the statement read. The program provides opportunities to qualified caregivers as employers are unable to find Canadian locals to fill in such positions. In 2012, 9,000 caregivers were granted permanent residency under the same LCP terms.

The number of caregivers granted PR status climbed over the years. For the past ten years, only 8,200 permanent residence status were granted to such workers in Canada, with caregivers taking approximately half of applications while the rest were spouses and dependents.

Canada-FlagOttawa has “[slashed] application backlogs and processing times for skilled workers, parents, and grandparents,” the labor department statement said, citing a report by Toronto Labor Attaché Leonida Romulo.

“Minister Alexander has been quoted as saying that Canada recognizes the need to honour 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 statement said.

This development reversed the trend over the past years in which the number of caregivers who become eligible for permanent residency has outpaced the volume of admissions that elevate their residency status. In normal circumstances, foreign caregivers are eligible to become permanent residents in Canada after working for two years within their first four years in the country.

“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,” Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said.