Foreign workers in charge of beneficiaries denounce the miserable conditions in which they have to work.
At the Villa Mon Domaine in Lévis, a residence for seniors with loss of autonomy, foreign workers worked on a voluntary basis and without a work permit. A sum of approximately $100 was given to them every two weeks in the form of a gift card.
François and some of his colleagues took the floor on Sunday to ask the government for access to an open work permit for better supervision of employees.
François says he suffered harassment, racist remarks and discrimination during his employment at Villa Mon Domaine. He lived in a bedroom the size of a wardrobe. He reports having been threatened “to be deported” on several occasions.
“There were 37 residents, only one of whom was semi-autonomous. Everything else, not only were they Alzheimer’s, but they’re not self-sufficient,” he says.
After an eleven-month wait, he finally received his work permit.
Audrey, for her part, claimed to have had to pay a fee of at least $15,000 for her closed work permit, fees that should have been paid by the employer.
“We cried foul in the case of the Villa Mon Domaine, and that’s good, because indeed it was unacceptable. But if we look at things in reality, this is only one case among many others. It is the result of a system that creates the conditions for such a thing to happen,” Raphaël Laflamme, community organizer at the Immigrant Workers Center, said in a statement.
During the afternoon, the owners of Villa Mon Domaine declared that they had nothing to reproach themselves for.