Changes to Canada’s Caregiver Program took effect on November 30, 2014. Find out how this might affect you:
- If you have not worked in Canada under the Live-in Caregiver Program and your employer’s Labour Market Impact Assessment application was received by Service Canada after November 30, 2014:
- you must apply for a regular work permit.
- If you have not worked in Canada under the Live-in Caregiver Program and your employer’s Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application was received by Service Canada on or before November 30, 2014:
- you may apply for a Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) work permit (instructions are on this page).
- If you already have a LCP work permit and you want to extend it or change jobs to work with another employer who agrees to a live-in arrangement:
- you may apply for a Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) work permit.
- If you choose to live out of your employer’s home, you will be leaving the Live-in Caregiver Program:
- You will need to apply for a regular work permit. Your current or future employer will need a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before you apply.
- The work you do on a live-out basis may count towards the work requirement in order to apply through either the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs pathway.
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.
Both the employer and the employee must follow several steps to meet the requirements of the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP).
Determine your eligibility
Discover if you are eligible to apply to the Live-in Caregiver Program.
Follow the steps to apply to be a live-in caregiver in Canada.
Check processing times
Find out how long it will take Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to process your application.
After you apply: get next steps
Learn what you should do after you apply to be a live-in caregiver.
Prepare for arrival
Prepare for your arrival in Canada.
Extend your work permit
You are responsible to make sure your work permit is extended before the expiry date. Find out more about extending your work permit.
Become a permanent resident
Find out if you are eligible to become a permanent resident of Canada.
Top questions about live-in caregivers
- I am working as a live-in caregiver but would like to move into my own home. Can I?
- What are the improvements to the Caregiver Program?
- As a live-in caregiver, can I return to my home country for a vacation?
- Can I go on vacation while my application for permanent residence is being processed?
- What rights do I have as a live-in caregiver under labour or employment laws?
- As a live-in caregiver, what can I do if I feel my employer is treating me unfairly?
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