Caring for those who care: an analysis of live-in caregivers’ experiences and working conditions in Metro Vancouver

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Author: Kalaw, Tracy
This study examines the deficiencies of Canada’s Live-in Caregiver program. It researches factors that contribute to the vulnerability of caregivers to employment standards violations and suggests policies to reduce the risk of violations to caregivers. Using data from a survey administered in the fall of 2009, a regression analysis is conducted to determine significant factors that influence the likelihood caregivers will experience employment standards violations. The data analysis shows that caregivers’ level of English-speaking ability, their experience working in Southeast Asian or Middle Eastern countries, employers’ compliance with Employment Standards and Citizenship and with Immigration Canada regulations are the significant determinants of contract violations. As a result, the proposed policy options focus on monitoring employers, increasing caregivers’ awareness of employment rights and responsibilities as well as enhancing their organization involvement. The study concludes by recommending that caregivers attend mandatory orientation sessions within 90 days of their arrival.
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