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Live-in Caregiver Program
The Live-in Caregiver Program is a special program whose objective is to bring workers to Canada to do live-in work as caregivers when there are not enough Canadians to fill the available positions. A live-in caregiver is an individual who is qualified to care for children, the elderly or people who have disabilities independently in a private household. An important requirement of the Program is that employees must live in the employer's home.
Foreign live-in Caregivers must meet certain Citizenship and Immigration Canada criteria before being admitted to Canada. These criteria reflect the education, language and skill level necessary for the foreign worker's successful integration into the Canadian labor market:
- Successful completion of the equivalent of a Canadian high school education.
- Six months of full-time training or 12 months of experience in a field or occupation related to the job offered. For example, the training or experience may be in early childhood education, geriatric care, pediatric nursing or first aid.
- Ability to speak, read and understand either English or French. The Caregiver must be able to function independently in a home setting.
Successful applicants receive a work permit allowing them to work in Canada as live-in caregivers. It also permits these live-in caregivers to seek permanent residence in Canada after working as a live-in caregiver under the program for at least two years.