What work permit should I apply for to work as a caregiver in Canada?

You must apply for a regular work permit. There is no caregiver specific work permit you can apply for.

You can live in your own home. If you and your employer have agreed that you will live in their home, this should be:

  •  in your employment contract, and
  •  noted in the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) request by your employer to Employment and Social Development Canada. Your employer will have to confirm that the accommodation they are providing meets acceptable standards before they get the LMIA.

I am already working as a live-in caregiver. Will I be able to apply for permanent residence when I complete the work requirement?

Yes. You may continue working as a live-in caregiver and apply for permanent residence when you meet the work requirement. You do not need to switch to one of the new pathways.

If you choose to remain in the Live-in Caregiver Program pathway, your eligibility for permanent residence will still be based on the requirements of that program. This includes the requirement to live in the home of your employer.

If you choose to apply to the Caring for Children Pathway or the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway, your eligibility for permanent residence will be based on the requirements of those pathways.

I am working as a live-in caregiver. Can I move into my own home?

Yes, but you need to get a new work permit. To get a new permit, your employer will have to apply for a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) that you can base your work permit application on.

If you later want to apply for permanent residence, you won’t be able to apply through the Live-in Caregiver program.
Instead, you can apply to the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs program.

Is there a limit on the number of permanent resident applications you will process for caregivers?

Yes. We will process 2,750 applications from principal applicants each year for both the Caring for Children and the Caring for People with High Medical Needs programs, for a total of 5,500. This number does not include spouses and dependants. This reflects the number of caregivers applying for permanent residence each year since 2011, an average of 4,500 per year.

The Government is committed to ensuring that caregivers continue to have a pathway to permanent residence.

You can apply for permanent residence through the Live-in Caregiver Program only if:

  •  you were issued a work permit through the Live-in Caregiver program
  •  you still work in Canada with a Live-in Caregiver work permit.

There is no limit on the number of applicants who can apply through the Live-in Caregiver program.

I plan to apply for a work permit after November 30, 2014. Does that mean I cannot be part of the Live-in Caregiver Program?

The cut-off date of November 30, 2014, applies only to whether Service Canada has received an employer’s application for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). If your employer receives a positive decision on an LMIA application that was received by Service Canada on or before November 30, 2014, you will be able to apply for a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit. You will also eventually be able to apply for permanent residence through the Live-in Caregiver Program if and when you have met the requirements to do so.

I left my job as a live-in caregiver and started working for a new employer on a live-out basis. I would now like to return to the Live-in Caregiver Program. Can I?

Yes. If it has been less than four years since your arrival in Canada and you still have enough time to meet the work requirement to apply for permanent residence through the Live-in Caregiver Program, you may apply for a new Live-in Caregiver Program work permit. Your employer must obtain a new Labour Market Impact Assessment and you must obtain a new work permit before you can start working for the employer in a live-in arrangement.