New Changes to the Live In Caregiver Program

changes-to-live-in-caregiver-programRecent Changes announced to the Live in Caregiver program have now been implemented.  As of November 30, 2014 families seeking to hire caregivers for childcare, elder care or care for the disabled will have to go through a complicated process to hire a caregiver.

As of November 30, 2014 the following changes have been implemented:

  • Live in Caregiver program is now called “In-Home Caregivers,”
  • Employers have the option to hire caregivers, nurses, or aids depending on requirements of the job,
  • Caregivers will have the choice of whether they wish to live-in or live-out,
  • Families who will employ live-in’s cannot deduct or charge the worker for room and board,
  • Employers must pay the median prevailing wage for the occupation in the city and province where the work will be performed,
  • Employers hiring from abroad must advertise their position for a minimum of four (4) weeks and provide evidence of the results of their recruitment efforts,
  • Two streams have been created for caregivers applying for permanent residence, with a total of 5,500 applications accepted per year.

Employers must submit an application for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and pay a $1000 filing fee.  There are no refunds for a refusal.  Refusals cannot be appealed or reconsidered and therefore it is imperative that the employer is aware of the requirements before submitting an application.

Michael Niren

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Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • odunola olaitan ojo

    I am a registered nurse in Nigeria. I am interested in working as a caregiver in canada. What steps will I take to be employed as a caregiver in canada?

    • owen

      Hello Odunola,

      To qualify for the live-in caregiver program, You will need:
      -A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from an employer in Canada
      -A written contract with your future employer, signed by you and the employer
      -Successful completion of the equivalent of a Canadian secondary school education
      -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
      -Good knowledge of English or French
      -A work permit before you enter Canada

      We can certainly guide you through the application process, and please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

    • owen

      Hello Odunola,

      To qualify for the live-in caregiver program, You will need:
      -A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from an employer in Canada; a written contract with your future employer, signed by you and the employer; successful completion of the equivalent of a Canadian secondary school education; 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; as well as some additional documents.

      We can certainly guide you through the application process, and please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

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