Live-in Caregiver Program faces nine questions

May 27, 2014
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Vancouver Sun

Angelica Maico arrived from the Philippines in the summer of 2012. She works as a live-in caregiver for the two young children of her sister and her husband.

Living with her extended family in east Vancouver, Maico is grateful she has Skype to communicate with her own daughter and son in the Philippines, to whom she sends money.

Like the vast majority of the more than 100,000 Filipina women who have come to Canada through the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), Maico, 43, plans to get out of domestic work after the mandated minimum of two years.

Missing her Philippines family but enjoying the camaraderie of Vancouver’s musical group, The Singing Nannies {see video}, Maico hopes to upgrade her skills as a graphic designer and "start a new life."

She plans to apply after two years for her teen daughter and perhaps her older son to immigrate to Canada. She's been estranged from her husband for 14 years even though, as she says, "Filipino law does not allow divorce."

Live-in caregivers like Maico have become a feature of Canadian cities. They are often met pushing strollers, babysitting in parks or supporting frail seniors. Whenever the media covers live-in caregivers, the angle usually focuses on their difficult working conditions and separation from faraway families.

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