LCP’s live-in requirement ends
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Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, announces significant changes to the Live-in Caregiver program with Sen. Tobias Enverga Jr. Photo – cic.gc.ca

By Diwa Marcelino

CANADA – Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, announced significant changes to the Live-in Caregiver program on October 31st this year. Changes include the removal of the “live-in” requirement, which forced caregivers to live with their employers, as well as placing a yearly cap of 2,750 permanent resident applications from caregivers who completed the program.

Caregivers who have specialized education and skills like nursing can apply to a second stream also capped at 2,750 applications annually. Previously there has been no limit to the number of applications accepted. At its height in 2007, Canada accepted 12,930 caregivers through the program. “It’s disheartening that some caregivers won’t be able to settle in Canada, says Catherine Bryan, a PhD candidate from Dalhousie University researching effects of migrant labour in Manitoba and the Philippines. “Caregivers should arrive as permanent residents. They do the work that sustains us. They should be given the rights of residents.”

Super Sireynas conquer the stage

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L-r: Klein Dagohoy a.k.a. Maria La Petite Katinko Cojuangco; Sam Raymundo a.k.a. Samantha Fox Kardashian; Super Sereyna Winnipeg 2014 Noriel Ganancial a.k.a. M.J. Lastimosa; Edmund Novio a.k.a Anne Curtis; and John Lalota a.k.a. Mariah Carey. Photo by Arnel San Jose, Jeprox Photography.

WINNIPEG – It was a cold Halloween night but it was sizzling hot inside the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM) as the Super Sireyna 2014 finalists walked the ramp to display their beauty and talent in front of a sold-out crowd.