- To hire a live-in caregiver, you must:
• have first made an effort to fill your position with a Canadian, a permanent resident or a foreign worker already in Canada,
• have enough income to pay them,
• give them an acceptable living space in your home,
• make a job offer for caregiving duties for
o a child,
o an elderly person or
o a person with a disability,
• apply for a labour market opinion (LMO) from Service Canada and include the employment contract. Service Canada will work with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to give you an LMO.
Caregiving must be the main responsibility of the job. A job offer for which the main duties are house cleaning, for example, is not acceptable under the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP).
A visa officer will carefully screen caregivers before they enter Canada. Caregivers must have:
• completed an education equal to that of a Canadian secondary school diploma,
• at least
o six months of full-time classroom training in caregiving or
o one year of work experience as a caregiver or in a related job within the last three years (including at least six months of ongoing work with one employer),
• the ability to speak, read and understand English or French, so that they can work on their own without being supervised,
• medical, security and criminal clearances, and
• a signed written employment contract with an employer in Canada (you).
As a Live-in Caregiver, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada if you:
• have been working in Canada under the Live-in Caregiver Program for at least 24 months, or
• worked a total of 3,900 hours within four years of arriving in Canada, and
• have a valid work permit to work in a home offering live-in care for children, seniors or the disabled.