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Caregiver Applications

Caregiver or formally called Live-in Caregivers are people who are qualified to provide care for children, elderly persons or persons with disabilities in private homes without supervision or provide care in healthcare occupations. The caregiver program provides qualified applicants an opportunity to become a permanent resident after working as a caregiver for 2 years in Canada. Caregivers also have the option of living outside the home of their employer.

Under the Caregiver Program, foreign caregivers must:

  • Provide care on a fulltime basis (minimum 30 hours per week) to:
  • Children, under 18 years of age or
  • Elderly persons, 65 years of age or
  • Persons with disability, a chronic or terminal illness
  • Work without supervision in the private household where the care is being provided; and
  • Meet the requirements set by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Labour Market Impact Assessment

The Caregiver Program allows families in Canada to hire a foreign caregiver, often called nannies, when Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not available.

Once the caregiver has obtained an employer the first step is for the employer to send an application for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Employers must meet all the Program Requirements, the Wages, Working Conditions and Occupation and the Advertisement requirements.

If all the ESDC caregiver requirements are met, an employer may be issued a positive LMIA.

Contract With Employer

The caregiver and their employer must have an employment contract. The employment contract is generally the same employment contract submitted to ESDC by the employer, unless the caregiver and employer provide an explanation of any changes (for example, a new start date).

The written employment contract will ensure there is a fair working arrangement between the caregiver and employer. The employment contract must demonstrate that the caregiver requirements are met

Work Permit & Temporary Resident Permit (if applicable)

Once a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is approved the caregiver can begin the process to obtain their work permit at the caregiver specific overseas Canadian visa office or apply inside Canada if the caregiver is already in Canada. Also in some cases if the live-in caregiver is not exempt, the caregiver must obtain a temporary resident permit which is a permit that allows the caregiver to remain in Canada for the duration of their work permit.

Once the caregiver has obtained Canadian work experience the caregiver can apply to become a Permanent Resident of Canada.

There are two pathways that will provide permanent residence.

1) The first pathway is the Caring for Children Pathway: The Caring for Children Pathway features the criteria for child care providers that are home child care provider.

Under the Caring for Children Pathway a foreign caregiver must:

  • Have two years of full-time work experience in Canada as a home child care provider within the past four years;
  • Have a minimum language requirement of meeting the Canadian Language Benchmark 5.
  • Have a Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least one year, or an equivalent foreign credential supported by an Educational Credential Assessment.

2) The second pathway is the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway: This pathway allows eligible caregivers who provide support to those with high medical needs to apply to become a permanent resident.

Under the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway a foreign caregiver must:

  • Have two years of full-time work experience in Canada providing in-home care or care in a health facility to the elderly or persons with disabilities or chronic disease as, for example, a registered nurse, a registered psychiatric nurse, a licensed practical nurse, a nurse aide, a patient service associate or a home support worker;
  • Demonstrating that they are licensed to practice in Canada, if applicable;
  • Have a minimum language requirement of meeting Canadian Language Benchmark 7 if applying as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse;
  • Have a minimum language requirement by meeting Canadian Language Benchmark 5 if applying in any other qualifying occupation; and
  • Have a Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least one year, or an equivalent foreign credential supported by an Educational Credential Assessment.

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