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How to Work as a Live-In Caregiver in Canada

Working temporarily in Canada - The Live-In Caregiver Program

Live-in caregivers are individuals who are qualified to provide care for children, elderly persons or persons with disabilities in private homes without supervision. Live-in caregivers must live in the private home where they work in Canada. The Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) allows Canadian families to hire workers from abroad when there is a demonstrated shortage of Canadians and permanent residents to fill available positions. Caregivers are obliged to work for two years, or 3,900 hours, and then become eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

To work as a live-in caregiver in Canada, you must make an application to the Live-In Caregiver Program. If your application is successful, you will receive a work permit. You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for the Live-In Caregiver Program in Canada.

  • A positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from an employer in Canada
  • A written contract with your future employer. It should explain clearly the responsibilities you both have in your work arrangement. 
  • Successful completion of the equivalent of Canadian secondary school
  • At least six months' training, or at least one year of full-time experience (including six months with one employer) during the past three years
  • Good knowledge of English or French
  • A work permit before you enter Canada

If requirements are met, live-in caregivers can apply to become a permanent resident in Canada. You are eligible to become a permanent resident of Canada after you have worked two years as a live-in caregiver within three years of your date of arrival. Alternatively you can complete the free evaluation form to find out if you are already qualified to become a permanent resident of Canada. You can

If you want to work as a live-in caregiver in the province of Quebec, you must obtain a certificate d'acceptation du Quebec (Certificate of acceptance). For more information about this certificate, see the website of the ministere de l'Immigration et des Communautes culturelles (Quebec Immigration) at www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca.

If you wish to work in Canada as a live-in-caregiver and don't have an employer, you can search for one online. There are many websites where Canadians post ads seeking nannies. Some of these websites include Nannies4Hire and Kijiji.com

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