Caregiver Class

The demand for care givers is huge in Canada.

The caregiver stream, formerly known as the Live-in-Caregiver program, helps a lot of Canadian families in caring for their children and seniors. This program awards the opportunity for permanent residence in Canada to the caregiver and their family. The program allows many applicants a smooth transition to life in Canada with fair market wages.

ESDC/SC will assess the employer’s job offer and the employment contract to be sure that it meets the requirements for wages and working conditions and the provincial labor and employment standards, and that there are not enough Canadians or permanent residents available to work as live-in or out caregivers in Canada. If ESDC/SC finds the job offer acceptable, they will issue a positive LMIA to the employer.

As the Caregiver candidate, you must:

  • Have successfully completed the equivalent of Canadian high school education (secondary school).

and

  • At least six months training or at least one year of full-time paid work experience as a caregiver or in a related field or occupation (including six months with one employer) in the past three years.
  • Must be able to speak, read and understand either English or French so that you can function on your own in your employer’s home. For example, you must be able to call emergency services if they are needed and understand labels on medication.
Before hiring a care giver from abroad, the employer must:

  • Apply to Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada (ESDC/SC) to have his or her suggested job offer reviewed;

and

  • Receive a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from ESDC/SC.

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