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The Filipino Bayanihan spirit is characterized by teamwork and a shared goal. In rural Philippines, folks and friends work together to pick up and move houses and nipa huts -- helping someone move to a new home or location, literally. After the move, the relocated family throws a fiesta for their friends and family to celebrate.
The Bayanihan is a not-for-profit collective, a movement, a dialogue, a shared dream.
Our Bayanihan is a dedicated group of advocates, volunteers and caregivers who are working together to initiate positive change, to campaign for fairness, and to make a better life in Canada for foreigners, most of whom are Filipinos, who enter Canada under the Live-in Caregiver Program.
We believe that together, we can move mountains (or bahay kubos)! We believe that the Live-in Caregiver Program should admit live-in caregivers to Canada as permanent residents, as Canada once did from the late 19th century until 1967. Currently, the Live-in Caregiver Program admits live-in caregivers as temporary workers who are then required to meet certain conditions before they are granted permanent status. But since the inception of this immigration model in 1981, abuse and exploitation by employers arose. Equally problematic are the complicated immigration rules that caregivers are required to navigate through, that offer very little room for error, and that provide harsh consequences -- including deportation -- when those rules are not met.
Meet other Filipinos and kapwa caregivers online through our Forums, or in person during our Town Hall Meetings and other events, as we discuss the merits of a new Live-in Caregiver Program that would admit applicants to Canada as permanent residents, and as we discuss common and not-so-common areas of concern within the current program.
We encourage you to be a part of this nation-building journey for Canada. We encourage you to be a part of this historic movement towards genuine and meaningful changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program.