A live in caregiver is someone who is qualified to care of children, elderly persons or persons with disability in private homes without supervision. It is also a condition of the employment for live in caregivers that they reside with their employer, in their residence.
In Order To Be Eligible You Must Have:
- A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from an employer in Canada
- A written contract with your future employer, signed by you and the employer
- Successful completion of the equivalent of a Canadian secondary school education
- 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
- Post secondary education
- Good knowledge of English or French
- A work permit before you enter Canada
Before you can attempt to qualify as a live in caregiver you will need to find a suitable Canadian employer. This prospective employer will need to obtain a Labour Market Opinion or a LMIA from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)/Service Canada.
They will need to demonstrate that they have made sufficient recruitment efforts and have been unable to located a suitable Canadian candidate. Once you have obtained your positive Labour Market Impact Assessment, you will use this in your application.
Obtaining the Labour Market Opinion is a separate application entirely. Your employer should consult with a representative if they are unsure of how to obtain this. You and your employer will also need to enter into an agreement which is essentially your contract with them.
This contract should demonstrate that the Live-in Caregiver Program (LICP) requirements are met by including a description of:
- mandatory employer-paid benefits, including:
- transportation to Canada from your country of permanent residence or the country of habitual residence to the location of work in Canada
- medical insurance coverage provided from the date of your arrival until you are eligible for provincial health insurance
- workplace safety insurance coverage for the duration of the employment
Aside from the above, it should also include items like living accommodations, duties, intended hours of work and payment expectations. Be sure that your contract contains all the pertinent details, including but not limited to the above suggestions. An officer may refuse the application on the basis that the contract does not meet the criteria.
When considering to apply as a live in caregiver, this application involves both the prospective employer in Canada and the applicant. Both have criteria they will have to meet as well as obtaining a positive labour market Impact Assessment. Many of our clients who first attempted this on their own were unsuccessful because they did not demonstrate the proper documentation or were unaware of the live in care giver rules when applying. We assist with every step of the way. We do the recruitment efforts for you; we advise you exactly what documents are needed; we will even draft the employment contract.
Akrami & Associates will guide you every step of the way with this. Contact us for more details.
If you intend on submitting your application without the support of a representative, there are a couple of factors you should keep in mind.
As the applicant, you will first need to locate an eligible employer in Canada. To be an eligible employer, you must:
- have first made an effort to fill your position with a Canadian, a permanent resident or a foreign worker already in Canada,
- have enough income to pay them,
- give them an acceptable living space in your home or allow them to reside outside your home
make a job offer for care giving duties for
- a child,
- an elderly person or
- a person with a disability,
- apply for a labour market Impact Assessment LMIA from Service Canada and include the employment contract. Service Canada will work with Education and Skills Development Canada (ESDC) to give you an LMO.