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From Labour of Love to Decent Work: Protecting the Human Rights of Migrant Caregivers in Canada

Document type Article
Author Khan, Sabaa A.
Journal Canadian Journal of Law and Society
Volume 24
Date 2009-06-17
ISSN 1911-0227
Pages 23-45


This article examines Canada’s federal Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) from the perspective of international human-rights and labour norms pertaining to the protection of migrant workers. Showing that the current legal framework of the LCP restricts migrant caregivers from effectively exercising a range of human and labour rights, the author argues for the removal of the labour (im)migration program’s unnecessary structural obstacles and proposes a reformulation of the LCP under the principles and guidelines of the International Labour Organization’s Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration, in order to transform this controversial labour policy into a decent work opportunity.