Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot
Government of Canada:
"We’ve received at least 2,750 applications under the Home Child Care Provider pilot. Because of this
We’re not close to reaching the cap for the Home Support Worker Pilot. You can still apply under this pilot. We’ll update this page if and when we close that pilot to new applications for 2020.
For now, you don’t need to contact us about an application you submitted in 2020 under either pilot. We’re still in the process of opening applications now that our offices are open again.
If we accept your application into processing for 2020, we’ll send you a notification letter. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may take longer than usual for you to get the letter."
EXPOSING MIGRANT CARE WORKER EXPLOITATION DURING COVID- 19
As many regions continue into the second wave of the pandemic, the conditions outlined in this report are reoccurring or worsening right now. The cumulative and cascading crises of COVID-19 demand an immediate response through policy changes that will ensure rights and protections for migrant care workers. The most crucial of these changes is full and permanent immigration status for all migrant care workers in Canada now, and full and permanent immigration status for all migrant care workers that arrive in the future. This will give migrants the ability to protect themselves against labour exploitation, ensure access to emergency income supports and universal healthcare, and reunite families. A fair society is only possible with equal rights for all, and equal rights for all are only possible if everyone in the country has the same immigration status. Further recommendations are outlined at the end of this report.
Table of Contents:
Who we are
SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
Stolen Hope: COVID-19 and the Cascade of Crises Experienced by Migrant Care Workers
Summary of Findings
SECTION 2: CANADIAN LAWS THAT CREATE MIGRANT CARE WORKER EXPLOITATION
Care Worker Immigration Programs in Summary
SECTION 3: EXPOSING THE EXPLOITATION OF MIGRANT CARE WORKERS DURING COVID-19
CHAPTER 1: STOLEN LABOUR: WORK AND INCOME DURING COVID-19
CHAPTER 5: STOLEN TIME: FAMILY SEPARATION AND IMPACT ON CHILDREN
CHAPTER 6: STOLEN HEALTH: HEALTH IMPACTS AND ACCESS TO SERVICES
The Change Migrant Care Workers Need Right Now!
Behind Closed Doors: Exposing Migrant Care Worker Exploitation During COVID-19
Migrant care workers across Canada released a report and this video on Oct 28 to share stories of abuse and their call for change.
These are Care Workers like you speaking out about their experiences! As Care Worker Leader Mariyah says,
"Let’s come out with care workers so we can have a strong voice to push the government for our rights to getting our immigration status and bringing our families! "
Watch, read and take action when we launch: www.MigrantRights.ca/BehindClosedDoors.
JOIN US FOR A DAY OF ACTION FOR STATUS FOR ALL ON NOVEMBER 1st: https://www.facebook.com/events/1025481547913684
ADD YOUR VOICE: www.StatusforAll.ca
Authored by Caregivers Action Centre (CAC), Vancouver Committee for Domestic Worker and Caregiver Rights (VCDWCR), Caregiver Connection Education and Support Organization (CCESO), and Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC), the report is endorsed by Alberta Careworkers Association, PINAY Quebec, Migrante Canada, Migrante Alberta, and Association for the Rights of Household and Farm Workers (ADDPD/ARHW). A joint project of the Landed Status Now Working Group of Migrant Rights Network.
Answers to your questions on paying back the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit, or CERB, was the financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who were directly affected by COVID-19. The CRA has set the CERB benefit period between March 15 and September 26. Your benefit ends when you have received 28 weeks of benefits or on October 3, 2020, whichever comes first. For those who applied through the Canada Revenue Agency, the last four-week period for the CERB was August 30, 2020 through September 26, 2020.
If you are one of the recipients of this benefit, and you are not sure if you need to return or repay the CERB you received, here's what to do next.
Know Your Rights at Work!
CCESO held a FREE online workshop last October 11, 2020. Some of the questions asked by our fellow Care workers are listed below, and were answered by our hosts.
CARE WORK STORIES: DIGITAL EDITION
SUNDAY JUNE 21, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EST
A discussion with Filipino Care Workers and allies to explore their long history fighting for (and winning) human rights in Canada. Register online at https://rb.gy/nsujtc
Migrant Care Workers are more than the "care" they provide to children, the elderly and our most vulnerable family members. Their stories are complex and as varied as the people who live them - past and present.
Kwentong Bayan Collective hosts a discussion with Filipino Care Workers and allies to explore their long history fighting for (and winning) human rights in Canada. We will learn about the recent movement that boldly calls for "Full Immigration Status for All".
We will meet artists who support migrant communities to tell their stories. And listen to the personal stories of Migrant Care Workers whose labour is currently keeping communities safe during COVID-19.
On June 14th join the Migrant Rights Network as they launch a campaign by over 40 migrant-led and allied organizations for full immigration status for all: www.MigrantRights.ca/June2020
Join a massive digital and social media gathering of migrants, poor and working class people, and allies. The global COVID-19 pandemic has proven that migrants are essential to our communities, but are exploited and excluded. Together, migrants from across Canada will raise our voice for healthcare, decent work, family unity and equal rights for all.
Actions will take place all day on social media and in the streets, learn more and get involved: https://migrantrights.ca/june2020
* Smartphones - apps, changing settings, security issues and other troubleshooting issues
* How to write resume on Word or alternative free doc programs
* Staying safe online and on social media
* Setting up basic websites and designing flyers
* Using collaborative applications
* Connecting Bluetooth devices
* Uploading media to the cloud like photos or contact information
* How to locate your phone if it gets lost
* Laptop support - updating your OS, accessing VPN, anti-virus support
We’ll cover these topics and more!
This free event is designed for the Migrant Care Workers / Caregiver community. Registration is required. For more information, contact CCESO.
ACCESS INFO: Parkdale Project Read is accessible to people using wheelchairs, scooters, and other mobility devices. Front door equipped with access ramp and power-assist button. No stairs. Gender-inclusive and accessible bathroom is equipped with assist bar. Please come scent/fragrance free.
Light Refreshments provided. On-site child minding support available.