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Becoming a Live-in Caregiver in Canada

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What is the Live-In Caregiver Program

The live-in caregiver program allows Canadian citizens or permanent residents to hire a foreign national to provide “live-in care.” All this is, is full-time in home care. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and you require full-time care, then you may be eligible to apply to hire a foreign national to provide this care for you. This mutually beneficial for both the Canadian employer and the live-in care giver, this may help a foreign national find work and/ or achieve permanent residency in Canada. So, if you think you might be eligible to be a live-in caregiver, or if you might need to hire a foreign live-in caregiver, continue to read this blog for more information.

What is a Live-In Caregiver

A live in caregiver is qualified person that can work without supervision in a private household. He or she is supposed to provide care for the elderly, children and or the disabled. The live-in caregiver does not necessarily need to live with the employer, but the employer is responsible for arranging the live-in caregiver’s place to stay. though. To begin, the live-in caregiver will enter Canada as a temporary foreign worker

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Learn About the Live-In Caregiver Program

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What is the Live-In Caregiver Program?

Essentially, the live-in caregiver program allows Canadian citizens or permanent residents to hire a foreign national to provide “live-in care.” All this is, is full-time in home care. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and you require full-time, round the clock care, then you may be eligible to apply to hire a foreign national to provide this care for you. Though, it is required that you have made a good attempt to hire a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, before you will be permitted to hire a foreign national to do this job. Nonetheless, this is a unique opportunity for a Canadian to benefit from helping a foreign national find work and/ or achieve permanent residency in Canada. Not to mention, the foreign national even has the benefit of having their living situation already all sorted out! This relieves much of the stress about moving to a new country for sure. So, if you think you might be eligible to be a live-in caregiver, or this program is of interest to you, or, if you think you might need to hire a live-in caregiver from overseas… keep reading this article to learn all about how to get involved with this program!

What is a Live-In Caregiver?

A live in caregiver is qualified person that can work without supervision in a private household. He or she is supposed to provide care for the elderly, children and or the disabled. It was once a requirement that the caregiver actually reside with the employer/ patient, though this is no longer the case. Nonetheless, the employer is still responsible for arranging room and board for the caregiver. The Canadian federal government came up with the Live-in caregiver program in order to counter the limited number of live-in caregivers in the country. To begin, the live-in caregiver will enter Canada as a temporary foreign worker.

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How to Hire a Live in Caregiver

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Steps to Hiring a Live-in Caregiver

Do you wish to have someone help you with the basic necessities of someone you care about? For instance, do you need constant assistance for eldercare, individuals with special needs or childcare? If this is the case, then you should hire a live-in caregiver. Live-in caregivers will help and assist you with these specific circumstances. There are certain steps that you must take in order to ultimately hire a live-in caregiver. In this article, I will explain and outline the steps needed from the employer to hire a live-in caregiver as well as the steps that the live-in caregiver needs to take.

How to Find a Live-in Caregiver

As an employer looking to find a live-in caregiver, there are standard requirements that need to be met. Through the live-in caregiver program, the employee must have a valid work permit to proceed with being hired. Therefore, the employer must ensure that this is done before offering employment. The employer must also ensure that they have attempted to hire employees through advertisements, personal or business contacts, and/or hiring agencies. After this is done, then they may be able to go through the application process of the live-in caregiver program in order to hire them.

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Understanding the Live in Caregiver Program

What is the Live-In Caregiver Program?

The program was created address the shortage of caregivers in Canada. Over the period, new criteria for education and skills have been introduced in the live-in caregiver program. The program applies only to the care of children aged under the age of 18, elderly aged 65 or older, or persons with disability. The program applies only to caregivers who live in the home of the person for whom they are caring, even if the home is not the employers’ residence. The employer must employ the live-in caregiver on a full-time basis and provide a furnished room for the exclusive use of the caregiver.

Eligibility Criteria for Employers

To hire a caregiver under the live-in caregiver program the employer must:

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Requirements for Live in Caregiver Program

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Requirements for the Employer:

The Live in Caregiver Program (LCP) applies only to caregivers who live in the home of the person for whom they are caring. This is the case even when the home is not the employer’s residence.

The employers must employ the live in caregiver on a full time basis and must provide private and well-furnished room with a lock for exclusive use by the caregiver.

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Live In Caregiver Program Changes

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Can Live-in Caregiver Live Outside Of The Employers Home?

There have been changes to the live in caregiver program. Caregivers now have the option of living outside of the employer’s house. Caregivers now have the option to apply to two new pathways for permanent residence. This will reduce workplace vulnerability and provide better opportunities for the caregivers.

In order to use the live out program the worker would have to apply for a regular work permit rather than their LCP work permit. They can choose to go through LCP through either the caring for children pathway or caring for people with high medical needs pathway.

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Live In Caregiver Program Requirements

Live In Caregiver Program Requirements
Employer requirements:

The LCP applies only to caregivers who live in the home of the person for whom they are caring. This is the case even when the home is not the employer’s residence.

The employers must employ the live in caregiver on a full time basis and must provide private and well furnished room with a lock for exclusive use by the caregiver.

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