Concerns over Canadian immigration’s caregivers’ bill
Some advocates of immigrant women are worried that the legislation which was drafted by authorities of Canadian immigration earlier this year may prove to be unfavorable for women planning to move to Canada.
According to Bill C-45, Canadian visa officers will have the authority to reject visa applications of live-in caregivers of foreign countries if they determine based on their judgments that such caregivers would be mistreated or exploited by their employer in Canada.
In spite of the fact that the legislation has been basically designed to protect female immigrants, there are many who believe that the bill will bring more harm with it then good. One such believer is National Alliance of Philippine Women in Canada’s advocate Cecilia Diocson who claimed that the new bill will in fact act as a barrier for overseas women willing to work in the care industry of Canada. She went on saying that the bill will assign unbounded power to visa officers to refuse entry to someone based on his or her thinking.
However, Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, said that the bill will not be used as a barrier to disallow people to enter the country, adding that it would be used only in special situations.