Formally known as the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), the Caregiver Program has been a feature of Canada’s immigration system for many years as a component of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
The Caregiver Program enables Canadian employers to recruit foreign nationals to work in their homes to provide childcare or home support for seniors or people with disabilities when there is a shortage of Canadians or permanent residents to fill available positions. After two years of work, caregivers have the option of applying for Permanent Residency.
The Government of Canada values the contributions caregivers make to Canadian families and after extensive consultations, has made reforms to improve the Caregiver Program by ending the live-in requirement, reducing family separation, and providing more options to caregivers in Canada. Eligible caregivers have two pathways that will lead to Permanent Residence within six months.
CARING FOR CHILDREN PATHWAY
Two years of full-time work experience in Canada as a home child care provider within the past four years.
A minimum language requirement of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in a designated third-party language test.
A Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least one year, or an equivalent foreign credential supported by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).
The caregiver will no longer be required to live in the home of their employer.
CARING FOR PEOPLE WITH HIGH MEDICAL NEEDS PATHWAY
Two years of full-time work experience in Canada providing in-home care or care in a health facility to the elderly or persons with disabilities or chronic disease as, for example, a registered nurse, a registered psychiatric nurse, a licensed practical nurse, a nurse aide, a patient service associate or a home support worker.
Demonstrating that they are licensed to practice in Canada, if applicable.
A minimum language requirement of CLB in a designated third-party language test:
CLB7: If applying as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse.
CLB5: If applying in any other qualifying occupation.
Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least one year, or an equivalent foreign credential supported by an ECA.