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GENDER & THE LAW : SUMMARIES
Week 3: January 23, 2014
Rachel K. Brickner and Christine Straehle, “The Missing Link: Gender, Immigration
Policy and the Live-In Caregiver Program in Canada” (K)
This article discusses the temporary foreign worker programs introduced by Citizenship
and Immigration Canada. In particular, The Live-in Caregiver Program, which is a temporary
foreign worker program that allows workers to come to Canada in order to labour as private
caregivers for children, the elderly, and disabled individuals. This program allows caregivers to
apply for permanent residency after the successful completion of 24 months of full time work.
There are a number of scholars, advocacy groups, former caregivers, and other parties that have
raised concerns about certain regulations of this program. For example, caregivers under this
program have an employer-specific work permit, must live in the homes of the employers, and
have no external monitoring of their work environments. Moreover, the Live-in Caregiver
Program has been seen as problematic because of the high number of abusive labour situations
1) What surprised you while doing this reading? or What did you not know before? (did it
change your thinking in any way?
I did not know that the LCP was one of the only successful ways of getting permanent residency
in Canada. Canada makes it look like there are many ways of coming here and gaining status
when there are only a few. And out of those few only some are successful.
2) How is this reading relevant to your life?
It is not really relevant to me or my life but it is interesting to know.Also as a women, I feel that
we are constantly associated with care giving or taking care of the house and this is just one more
way that the stereotype is carried out.
3) What are some things in this reading that you would like to discuss further in tutorial? (ie
something you found interesting or contentious).
- if anyone knows anyone that went through this program
- How Canada stresses immigration as an important part of its multicultural identity but yet only
offers a small window where people can actually immigrate successfully.
Lisa Marie Jakubowski, “‘Managi