Hire a live-in caregiver

Changes to Canada’s Caregiver Program took effect on November 30, 2014.

  • You may not hire a caregiver through the Live-in Caregiver Program if you have not applied for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before November 30, 2014.
  • You may hire a foreign caregiver through the regular process of hiring a foreign worker if you successfully apply for an LMIA after November 30, 2014.
  • Caregivers who are not part of the Live-in Caregiver Program are not required to live in the home of their employer. If the caregiver you are hiring agrees, a live-in arrangement may still be possible. The live-in arrangement must be specified in the LMIA application.
  • You may hire a caregiver who is already part of the Live-in Caregiver Program and wants to continue working on a live-in basis. To do so, you need to get an LMIA and the caregiver needs to get a new work permit.

Hiring someone from a foreign country takes time. You may want to consider another solution for your caregiving needs during that time. Find out how long it might take to complete the process.

Determine your eligibility

Find out if you are eligible to hire a live-in caregiver through the Live-in Caregiver Program.


Follow the steps to apply to hire a live-in caregiver.

After you apply: get next steps

Find out what you should do after you hire a live-in caregiver. There are a number of conditions you need to meet.

Employers' Roadmap

This roadmap is a guide for employers in small to medium-sized enterprises interested in hiring foreign workers.
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