Caregivers foreign: Ottawa abolishes fees for some families

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The processing fee had been imposed in 2014 to reduce abuses in the federal Program of temporary foreign workers.

Some families who hire a foreign worker to care for children or a person who has medical needs will be exempted from fees of $ 1000 is required for three years by the federal government to consider the request.

 

In the framework of the federal Program of temporary foreign workers, the families have the possibility of hiring a “health care provider “foreign” to care, in a private residence, to children, the elderly or people with medical needs certified, when Canadians or permanent residents are not available. These employers must first pay 1000 $ to cover the costs of processing the application of” assessment of the impact on the labour market ” in a given region.

 

As he had promised in its last budget, the liberal government of Justin Trudeau released on Wednesday an amendment to this requirement, seen by some as unfair to the less fortunate families. The fee will be now required only to families who earn more than $ 150,000 per year. Families who want to hire a foreign worker to care in the home of a person suffering from a physical or mental illness will also be exempt from the processing fee of $1000.

 

The processing fee had been imposed in 2014 to reduce abuses in the federal Program of temporary foreign workers. Some households were of the view that because of these costs, which are in addition to the other expenses related to the hiring of a foreign worker, they no longer had the means to use this family’s aid. This may include babysitters, nurses, aides or resident aides, home support workers, which replace the caregiver, set out to secure the family income.

 

Ottawa estimates that this change will cost the public treasury about $ 28.3 million over 10 years in lost revenue.

 

Upon their arrival to power in the fall of 2015, the liberals had promised to completely eliminate these costs, but they have since decided to keep them for families with higher incomes, who have the means to pay for it, said in Ottawa. The government believes that 3357 families with incomes of less than $ 150,000 will qualify each year. Moreover, 827 other households will be exempt to hire a foreign worker to care in the home of a person suffering from a physical or mental illness.

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