Ontario Helping Live-In Caregivers
McGuinty Government's Legislation Would Protect Vulnerable Employees
Ontario is taking action to provide added protection to some of the province's most vulnerable employees.
Proposed legislation being introduced today would, if passed, protect foreign nationals who are live-in caregivers by:
- Prohibiting recruiters from charging any fees to these employees, either directly or indirectly.
- Prohibiting the charging of recruitment fees and fees for related services, such as resume writing
- Preventing employers from recovering recruitment and placement costs from foreign live-in caregivers
- Prohibiting employers and recruiters from taking possession of a live-in caregiver's personal documents, such as passports and work permits.
- Allowing live-in caregivers up to three and a half years to make a complaint - an increase from the current two year period under the Employment Standards Act, 2000.
The proposed legislation would also allow foreign live-in caregivers to gain more information about their rights, while providing Ministry of Labour inspectors with greater authority to conduct proactive investigations.
- In 2008 there were approximately 21,000 employees in Ontario who were part of the federal Live-In Caregiver Program.
“We have moved quickly to help ensure that foreign nationals who are live-in caregivers will have appropriate protections while working in the province of Ontario. While it is the federal government that is responsible for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the proposed legislation will enable us to do our part to protect these vulnerable employees.”