Service Canada Requirements
Once a foreign Caregiver has been identified, the Employer must apply
to Service Canada so that the offer of
employment can be assessed.
There is no fee to apply to Service Canada to assess an application for a foreign
live-in Caregiver, unless the Employer resides in Quebec.
Terms of The Program
When assessing your job offer, Service Canada will primarily review the following:
The job offer must contain caregiving duties for a child, an elderly or disabled person in a private household.
||The offered wage must be comparable to Canadian live-in caregivers based
on the labour market information from Statistics Canada, Service Canada, provincial ministries, and other reliable sources.
The Employer must provide working conditions that are consistent with federal and/or provincial standards.
Sufficient advertising efforts must have been conducted to find qualified Canadians or foreign workers already
in Canada before applying to hire foreign live-in caregivers.
The employment must be full-time and the Employer is not allowed to share the Caregiver's services with another Employer.
The employer must have sufficient income to pay a live-in Caregiver and he/she must provide acceptable accommodation in his/her home.
Validation of Offer of Employment
When Service Canada has validated your offer of employment, you will be
provided with a letter of confirmation. Your offer will be sent to
the appropriate visa office abroad. If your potential employee is
considered to be eligible for the Live-in Caregiver Program and meets
all other requirements, an Employment Authorization will be issued.
This may take several months, so plan ahead. Even if Service Canada approves
your offer of employment, your Caregiver cannot work in Canada until
he or she receives the employment authorization naming you as the
Employer. SNI will maintain contact with your prospective Caregiver
to determine when she will be able to begin working for you.
A live-in Caregiver is a person who is qualified to provide continuous,
full-time, unsupervised care in a single private household for:
||Persons with disabilities
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 labour market:
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 you are offering. For example, the training
or experience may be in early childhood education, geriatric
care, paediatric 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.
Once the Employer's 'Offer of Employment' has been validated by Service Canada and sent to the visa office in the Caregiver's current country,
you will receive a copy of it in the mail.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is responsible for determining
whether a foreign Caregiver is eligible to come to Canada under the
Live-in Caregiver Program.
A fee of $ 150.00 Dollars will have to be paid by the Caregiver for
the processing of her application when it's submitted.
Successful Applicants receive an Employment Authorization, allowing
them to work in Canada as live-in Caregivers. After two years of employment,
which must be completed within three years of the Caregiver's arrival
in Canada, program participants can apply in Canada to become permanent
residents. They may be granted permanent resident status provided
they meet certain requirements.