Pinoy nurses: Canada’s program ‘exploitative’

MANILA, Philippines – A group of Filipino nurses has asked Canada to scrap its Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), saying it is exploitative and oppressive.

The Filipino Nurses Support Group (FNSG), an organization of over 800 nurses in Canada’s provinces of British Columbia and Quebec, said the program has resulted in Filipino nurses being made to work as domestic workers and 24-hour home support workers.

“The LCP imports Filipino nurses into a program of modern-day slavery, economic marginalization, de-skilling, and stalled development,” it said in a statement on Monday.

Since the 1990s, Filipino nurses have come to Canada not to work as registered nurses but as caregivers.

It was in 1992 that Canada changed its Foreign Domestic Movement (FDM), a childcare or nanny program, into the LCP that includes care for elderly and disabled Canadians.

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