The Live-in Caregiver Program's
objective is to bring qualified workers to
Canada to do live-in work as caregivers when there
are not enough Canadians to fill the available positions.
Successful applicants receive a work permit which
allows them to work in
Canada as live-in caregivers. After two years of
employment, which must be completed within three years of the caregiver's
Canada, live-in caregivers can apply in
Canada to become permanent residents. They may be granted
permanent resident status if they meet the requirements that are described
later in this booklet.
Are you interested in working as a live-in caregiver?
Live-in Caregiver Program allows professional caregivers to work
in Canada. Caregivers are individuals who are qualified to work
without supervision in a private household providing care for
children, elderly persons or people who have disabilities. The
live-in caregiver must live in the employer's home.
four main requirements you must meet to qualify under the Live-in
have successfully completed the equivalent of a Canadian high
school education. This requirement will help to ensure that if you
apply for permanent residence after two years as a live-in
caregiver, you will be able to succeed in the general labour
market. Studies indicate that the majority of new jobs in Canada
require at least a high school education.
have six months of full-time training in a classroom setting or
twelve months of full-time paid employment, including at least six
months of continuous employment with one employer in a field or
occupation related to the job you are seeking as a live-in
caregiver. You may have gained your training or experience in
areas such as early childhood education, geriatric care, pediatric
nursing or first aid. You may also have completed your training as
part of your formal education. This experience must have been
obtained within the three years immediately prior to the day on
which you submit an application for a work permit.
be able to speak, read and understand either English or French at
a level that allows you to function independently in a home
setting. For example, you must be able to contact emergency
services if required and to understand labels on medication. You
will be unsupervised for most of the day and may be required to
communicate with someone outside the home. A good knowledge of
English or French will also enable you to read and understand your
rights and obligations.
have a written employment contract between you and your future
employer. The contract defines your job duties, hours of work,
salary and benefits. The contract also reinforces your employer's
legal responsibilities to you. This requirement helps provide a
fair working arrangement between the caregiver and the employer
and provides both parties with a clear understanding of what is
expected of them.
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