Live-in caregivers

Starting November 30, 2014, caregivers will have access to two new pathways to permanent residence. Read more about the improvements to the Caregiver Program.

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:
  • 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:
  • If you choose to live out of your employer’s home, you will be leaving 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.

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.

Apply

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.

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