The live-in Caregiver Program allows for professionally trained caregivers to work in Canada. Live-in caregivers are individuals who are qualified to work with minimal supervision in a private household where they will provide care for children, elderly persons, or people with disabilities. To qualify for the Caregiver Visa in Canada, applicants are expected to meet a number of requirements as stipulated by the Citizenship Immigration Canada (CIC).
A foreign national can be sponsored as a live-in caregiver and the aspiring individual must meet all the requirements as set by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). Under the caregiver program, the prospective candidate must have worked for at least thirty hours a week providing care to:
- Children under the age of 18
- The elderly who are 65 years old or above, and
- People with disabilities
- The individual must have successfully completed the equivalent of a Canadian high school education. This requirement helps to ensure that when the particular individual applies for permanent residency after two years working as a live-in caregiver, they will be able to succeed in the general job market.
- The aspiring applicant must have a minimum of 6 months full-time training in a classroom setting or twelve months full-time paid employment, including at least 6 months of continuous employment with one employer in a field or occupation related to the job of a live-in caregiver.
- The applicant must demonstrate the ability to speak, read, write and understand English or French at an adequate level that allows you to work independently in a home setting. This helps to ensure that the individual will be able to contact emergency services, relay information clearly if required, and will be able to understand labels on medications.
- The applicant must have a written employment contract offer between the employer and themselves. The contract offer should clearly state duties, hours of work, salary, and benefits. The CIC seeks this requirement to help provide a fair working arrangement and to understand what is expected of both parties.
- Cooking and housekeeping
- Laundry and change of beddings
- Grocery shopping and other errands
- Companionship and various movement exercises
- Transportation to doctor appointments, and pharmacy visits
- Assisting with walking and transfer from bed to wheelchair
Through the Caregiver Visa, foreign nationals will become a family member of the Canadian family for at least one year and will receive a salary as a live-in caregiver. After at least two years of work, there is a possibility of applying for permanent residence status in Canada.