Live-In Caregiver Program In Canada

A foreign citizen can be sponsored as a nanny through Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program and must meet both the requirements outlined by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada as well as Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). Under this program, a caregiver must be able to provide at least 30 hours a week of care to the following:

  •  Children – under the age of 18;
  • Elderly – 65 years and over; or
  •  Persons with disabilities (PWD).

To be eligible for the Live-In Caregiver visa in Canada, applicants must possess good and/or French language skills.

To apply for the Live in Caregiver Visa Program, you must:

  • Provide a written contract with your future employer, signed by you and your employer;
  • Successful completion of the equivalent of a Canadian high school education;
  • Possess a six months’ training or one year of full-time paid work experience as a caregiver or in a related field in the past three years. Must provide references and/or recommendations from previous employers;
  • Have a work permit before you enter Canada;
  • Positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO).

Before an employer can hire you, he or she is required to apply to HRSDC or Service Canada (SC) to review the job offered. The purpose for this evaluation is to check that the job offer is inline with the provincial requirements, and to be sure that there are presently not enough Canadians or permanent residents candidates available to work as live-in caregivers in Canada. Your employer must also receive a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from HRSDC/SC before you can be hired.  You will need a copy of this positive LMO when you apply for the work permit.

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Written Contract

You and your employer are legally obligated to sign an employment contract. This must be the same contract that was submitted to the HRSDC/SC. There must be an explanation for any contract amended after submission (e.g., change of start date).

The contract must indicate that all of the requirements for the program have been met.

There must also be a mandatory employer-paid benefits stated in the contract, which include: transportation to Canada from your country of residence to your job location in Canada; a medical insurance coverage starting from the date you arrived in Canada until you are eligible for provincial health insurance; workplace safety insurance coverage for the duration of employment; and payment of all recruitment fees if a recruiter or an agency was used.

Your contract should also specify:

  • Job duties;
  • Hours of work;
  • Wages;
  • Accommodation arrangements (including room and board);
  • Holiday and sick leave entitlements; and
  • Termination and resignation terms.

A contract template will be provided to you to simplify the process. We advise that you stick to the template, as it will reduce the chances of delays in the processing of the application.

Secondary School Education

You must have completed the equivalent of a Canadian high school education (secondary school) which is generally 12 years of basic education, but because there are different school systems in each Canadian province, it can differ – we will inform you if you have what is needed.

Training and Experience

You need to have worked for at least a year in a caregiving-related occupation; 6 months of this experience needs to be with the same employer. The work experience must have been achieved within 3 years sequel to filing the application. Any training must have been done in a classroom setting as a full-time student.

Work Agreement

You will need to apply for an initial live-in caregiver work agreement and will need to present this letter to the officer at the Border Services after your visa approval.