The Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregivers Rights (CDWCR) is holding a series of workshops on the recently passed programs for caregivers and domestic workers. Other topics to be discussed are ways to improve their lives in Canada.
On June 15, the federal government of Justin Trudeau launched the Home Child Care Provider, and Home Support Worker programs to replace the Caring for Children, and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilot programs which were introduced when the controversial Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) ended in 2014. The new programs raised many questions for caregivers.
The workshops are being held at the South Vancouver Adult Day Care Centre on 3076 E. 49th Avenue (and Kerr Street) Vancouver, BC V5S 1K9 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on four Sundays starting July 21.
Other topics to be covered by the workshops are: Human Rights BC as applied to domestic workers and caregivers on August 11, Work Safe BC on August 25 and BC Employment Standards Act on September 8th.
The workshops are free with lunch from 12 noon to 1:00 pm but registration is needed to attend. To register, please phone 604-874-0649. For more information visit www.cdwcr.org.
Since 1982, caregivers and domestic workers (CDWs) from developing countries have come to Canada to take care of the young, the elderly and the disabled. With Canada’s aging population, the need for caregiving will only increase. Caregiving work will be a permanent need in Canada’s economy because medical advances have resulted in longer life spans and the aging population is putting a strain on social services. In many cases, caregiving falls on family members who have to take time off from work to care for aging parents thus reducing family incomes. This creates financial difficulties for low-income families, according to caregivers.
The CDWCR was established in 1992, as a community-based non-profit to help CDWs improve their employment conditions and immigration status. It was started by domestic workers and their community supporters. For over 20 years it has assisted CDWs through counselling, lobbying and information. It is currently involved on a nationwide campaign for “landed status on arrival for caregivers” who up to now are allowed to come to Canada only as temporary foreign workers.