The program was created address the shortage of caregivers in Canada. Over the period, new criteria for education and skills have been introduced in the live-in caregiver program. The program applies only to the care of children under 18 years of age, elderly aged 65 or older and persons with disability. The program applies only to caregivers who live in the home of the person for whom they are caring, even if the home is not the employers’ residence. The employer must employ the live-in caregiver on a full-time basis and provide a furnished room for the exclusive use of the caregiver.
Six essential things to qualify as Live-in Caregivers in Canada
1. A POSITIVE LABOUR MARKET IMPACT ASSESSMENT (LMIA) FROM AN EMPLOYER IN CANADA
Before hiring you, your employer must apply for a LMIA. The Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada (ESDC/SC) will assess your employer’s job offer and the employment contract to be sure that it meets the requirements for wages and working conditions and the provincial labour and employment standards, and that there are not enough Canadians or permanent residents available to work as live-in caregivers in Canada. If ESDC/SC finds the job offer acceptable, they will issue a positive LMIA to your employer.
2. A WRITTEN CONTRACT WITH YOUR EMPLOYER, SIGNED BY YOU AND THE EMPLOYER
You and your employer who proposes to hire you are legally required to sign a written employment contract, and this must be the same employment contract submitted to ESDC/SC by your employer, unless you 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 you and your employer.
3. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE EQUIVALENT OF A CANADIAN SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION
You must have successfully completed the equivalent of Canadian high school education (secondary school). In most provinces, it takes 12 years of schooling to obtain a Canadian high school diploma. The immigration officer assessing your application will let you know what is needed.
4. AT LEAST SIX MONTHS’ TRAINING OR AT LEAST ONE YEAR OF FULL-TIME PAID WORK EXPERIENCE AS A CAREGIVER OR IN A RELATED FIELD OR OCCUPATION (INCLUDING SIX MONTHS WITH ONE EMPLOYER) IN THE PAST THREE YEARS
To claim work experience, you need to have worked for one year, including at least six months of continuous employment for the same employer. This work experience must be in a field or occupation specific to what you will do as a live-in caregiver. 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.
5. GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH OR FRENCH
You must be able to speak, read and understand either English or French so that you can function on your own in your employer’s home. For example, you must be able to call emergency services if they are needed, and to understand labels on medication. You will be unsupervised for most of the day and may have to communicate with someone outside the home. You can also read and understand your rights and obligations if you can function in English or French.
6. A WORK PERMIT BEFORE YOU ENTER CANADA
To participate in the Live-in Caregiver Program, you 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.
Source & Content Credit canadianvisa.org