Live-in caregiver program allows professional caregivers to care for children, the elderly or the disabled in a private household. Before hiring you as a living-caregiver, prospective employer must;

  • applied to Employment and Social Development Canada / Service Canada (ESDC/SC) before November 30, 2014 to have their job offer reviewed; and
  • received a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from ESDC/SC.

The applicant  and his/her future employer are legally required to sign a written employment contract which must be submitted for both the LMIA and work permit  application. The written employment contract will ensure there is a fair working arrangement between you and your employer and must demonstrate that the Live-in Caregiver Program requirements are met by including a description covering many mandatory requirements.

Applicants must have:

  • completed the Canadian educational equivalent of grade 12
  • the ability to speak in either English or French
  • taken at least 6 months training/course or have at least one (1) year full time work experience of paid employment as a care giver or in related field including at least six months of continuous employment for the same employer.
  • Training must have been full-time training in a classroom setting that could be in areas of early childhood education, geriatric care, pediatric nursing or first aid.

This experience must have been acquired within the three years immediately before the day on which you make an application for a work permit as a caregiver

To participate in the Live-in Caregiver Program, one must make an application for an initial live-in caregiver work permit at a visa office outside Canada.

If your application is successful, you will receive a letter of introduction from the Canadian visa office responsible for your area. You will need to present this letter to the Border Services Officer upon arrival in Canada in order to obtain your work permit.

The live-in caregiver may apply to become a permanent resident of Canada, after two years.  To find out if you qualify and how you can come to Canada as a live-in caregiver click here