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Alma, a live-in caregiver from the Philippines, paid $4,000 as recruitment fees to come to Canada. She also bought her airplane ticket costing more than $1,000 despite the Live-in Caregiver Program mandating that the employer should pay for it. As the money Alma paid to the recruiter was more than three years’ earnings in the Philippines, Alma borrowed it at an exorbitant rate of interest. Given the minimum wage she earns here in Toronto, it would take at least three years to pay back the debt.
Johnna, a member of the Caregivers’ Action Centre, speaks at the launch of the Metcalf Foundation’s report on how recruitment practices exploit temporary foreign workers. Fay Faraday, the report's author, looks on.   Alma, a live-in caregiver from the Philippines, paid $4,000 as recruitment fees to come to Canada. She also bought her airplane ticket costing more than $1,000 despite the Live-in Caregiver Program mandating that the employer should ...
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Cities have long been the primary entry point for immigrants. That is where opportunities exist at scale. Like others before them, immigrants flock to cities for success – economic and personal. In the process, they contribute to the vitality of local neighbourhoods and the growth and development of urban regions that drive a nation’s prosperity. It is in the interest of cities to manage this process well and help newcomers settle and integrate.
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Citizenship should not be taken lightly. As Maytree's president Ratna Omidvar writes, we should do everything in our power to strengthen our bonds, our obligations and engagement with Canada. But extending the residency requirement by one year is lazy policy. If we want to strengthen Canadian citizenship, we need to work harder, not simply longer.
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Most immigrants are risk takers, ready to explore the unknown. Their entrepreneurial spirit has always played a key role in global trade and the economic success of host countries. Governments across the world are paying renewed attention to this very element in the immigrant psyche to make up for their own populace’s flagging interest in entrepreneurship.
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Marlene Oliveira shares her presentation from Maytree's latest Five Good Ideas session.
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Canada does not “import” violent conflict despite some in its diasporic communities remaining invested in overseas conflicts, says the new study, "The Perception & Reality of 'Imported Conflict' in Canada," by the Mosaic Institute. But these conflicts still have a large and lingering effect on the lives of many Canadians.
Living in Canada transforms the way we see the world, said John Monahan, executive director of the Mosaic Institute. Photo: Ranjit Bhaskar Canada does not “import” violent conflict despite some in its diasporic communities remaining invested in overseas conflicts, says a new study by the Mosaic Institute. But these conflicts still have a large and lingering effect on the lives of many Canadians. “We do import trauma," said Rima Berns-McGown, rese...
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The latest musical craze has hit the streets of Toronto, and just in time!  We could all use a little more "happy" until spring finally arrives.
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In this post, we highlight employers who have developed and implemented programs and HR strategies –  many in partnership with immigrant employment organizations – to create a more inclusive working environment for visible minorities and skilled immigrants.
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On October 25, Maytree President Ratna Omidvar spent a day listening to academics, researchers, politicians, activists and civil society groups on the issue of representation, more specifically, visible minority representation in our political landscape at the federal, municipal and local levels.

Read her observations.
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Promoting equity and prosperity with a focus on immigration, integration and diversity.
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Promoting equity and prosperity with a focus on immigration, integration and diversity.

Maytree promotes equity and prosperity through its policy insights, grants and programs.We develop, test and implement programs and policy solutions to alleviate poverty and promote inclusion.

We run a number of programs with a particular focus on immigration, integration and diversity. We believe that integration must work both in the short and long-term, strengthening our social cohesion, nation building and citizenship.