The Live in caregiver program are for persons who are eligible to provide care for children, elderly persons or persons with disabilities in private homes without supervision. In Canada, there are certain rules that must be followed governing live in Caregiver and Caregiver Employers.
Hiring a foreign live in caregiver when Canadian workers or permanent residents are not obtainable can be a very big help to families with children, elderly, or persons with disabilities. But both the live in caregiver and the employer must follow some steps and comply with the requirements of the live in caregiver program.
First, an employer who want the services of a live-in caregiver must apply to Human Resources and Social Development Canada/Service Canada for a labor market opinion. A Labor Market Opinion is an assessment of the effect of hiring a foreign live in caregiver would have on Canada’s labor market. After that, if they still want to hire the services of a live-in caregiver, the employer must agree to the following conditions.
The live in caregiver must:
• Work for you in a private home
• Live with you, the employer
• Have a private, furnished room within your home
• Be employed on a full-time basis
• Meet the requirements set by Citizenship and Immigration Canada for language, education and work skills necessary to function in the Canadian labor market.
On the part of the live in caregiver, before they can be able to work in Canada as a live in caregiver, they must first receive a job offer from a Canadian Employer. After that, they can apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for a work permit. The caregiver’s application forms must include proof that her employer received a positive Labor Market Opinion from Service Canada.
Once a foreign live-in caregiver is in Canada, he or she cannot:
• Work for more than one employer at a time; and
• Work for a health agency or labor contractor, or in day care or foster care.
Regarding the stay of a foreign live-in caregiver, if they want to extend their stay in Canada, they must apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for an extension of their work permits. They can also apply for a permanent resident visa if they have worked in Canada for 24 months within a 36 month period.
For more detailed information regarding Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program, you can visit this website: