Given these changes, and with no route to permanent residence for normal caregivers, we can expect foreign caregivers to look at other countries to work in this role. This is going to result in pressure on parents to find care for their children. We can expect more parents staying home and upward costs on dayhomes and other private childcare options.
The rationale for these changes is twofold: (1) The government believes live in caregivers are being exploited and claims to want to protect them from exploitation by removing this class of immigration altogether; (2) The program is being exploited by new immigrants to obtain immigration for family members who work for them as live in caregivers.
With respect to the first rationale, it is laughable for the government to claim they are protecting foreign workers by again limiting their pathway to immigration, which is normally their ultimate goal in coming to Canada. In terms of the second rationale, the government has not provided any statistics or other measurables for which to measure these type of activities. Further, as long as the relatives are providing caregiving services that are required, what is the difference? Potential fraud and abuse could easily have been dealt with by simply investing more in the enforcement mechanisms of the old system.
In their zeal to try to limit permanent residence options to only the most high skilled, highly educated immigrants, the government is using laughable justifications for these changes and limitations on some of Canada's most useful workers. The social engineering continues. Stay tuned.