“This briefing provides important insights into the policy field of home care. Some of these insights come from a jurisdictional comparison with the United States. Case examples from Oregon, Washington and California are used to demonstrate the successful implementation of self-directed care, a personal support worker registry, and better, standardized training. Analysis on this comparison and the value of care directly informs the recommendations made for Ontario’s home care sector. Ultimately, these recommendations aim to bring about higher quality and security in home care for workers and care recipients.”
“…. this report examines the ways in which current policies, programs, and services are failing to meet the needs of immigrant seniors, and recommends options to improve care and access to care. The problems with long-term care are twofold: long-term care homes that are designed for the general population (i.e., that are not culturally-specific) do not offer culturally appropriate food, programs, or services; and the demand for culturally-specific long-term care homes far exceeds the spaces available….With regard to home care, the key issue is a lack of standardized training for home care workers,….”
“….. provides an overview of Canada’s historic use of temporary foreign workers to fill labour shortages in the care sector, outlines the 2014 changes to the LCP….and identifies the anticipated consequences of these changes. These include an overall decrease in the supply of foreign care workers due to the removal of universal access to permanent residency, and a decrease in the demand for foreign care workers obtained via the LCP, with costs outweighing potential savings and benefits of hiring abroad. Moreover, alterations fail to address a number of key areas that require improvement, specifically the needs for greater enforcement and protection of workers’ rights.”
“The following brief will analyze the role of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program and other similar programs in filling labour shortages in the care field….one set of recommendations states the importance of reworking the current system and making the selection process of workers stronger to assure individuals have the proper training and are not overqualified for the positions they are applying for. On a level of structural change, this brief recommends a reexamination of the true effectiveness of temporary foreign worker programs in meeting the needs of the labour market.”
*The opinions and views expressed in these briefs are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent those of the Centre for Global Social Policy, its researchers or partners.