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.
You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for the
Live-In Caregiver Program in Canada. You will need:
A job confirmation letter from a Canadian employer
Your employer must apply to Human Resources and Social Development
Canada (HRSDC) to have their suggested job offer reviewed
and receive a positive job confirmation letter from HRSDC
before hiring you. HRSDC will review the job duties, working
conditions, suggested pay and so on to be sure that the job
offer meets provincial labour standards and that there are
not enough Canadians or permanent residents available to work
as live-in caregivers in Canada. You will need a copy of this
confirmation letter when you apply for a work permit.
A written contract with your future employer
The written contract will ensure there is a fair working arrangement
between you and your employer. It explains clearly the responsibilities
you both have in your work arrangement.
You must live in Canada in the home of the person for whom
you will provide care. In the contract, you and your employer
agree on duties, hours of work, salary and benefits. The contract
may also describe what legal responsibilities your employer
has toward you. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will review
the contract and make sure your employer’s job offer is
You need the contract as part of your application. A sample
contract appears below. Your contract does not have to look
like this, but you will get some ideas on how it might look
and what it should contain.
Successful completion of Canadian secondary school
You must have successfully completed the equivalent of Canadian
high school education (secondary school). Because of the differences
in school systems across Canada, it is not possible to give
a precise number of years. 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.
At least six months’ training, or at least one year of full-time
paid work experience 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 in a field or occupation similar to
what you will do as a live-in caregiver. This experience must
have been within the three years immediately before the day
on which you make an application for a work permit as a caregiver.
To claim training, it must be full-time training in a classroom
setting. Areas of study could be early childhood education,
geriatric care, pediatric nursing or first aid.
Good knowledge of English or French
You must be able to speak, read and understand either English
or French so 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.
A work permit before you enter Canada