Live-In Caregiver Application FAQs | Live-in Caregiver Work Permit

What is an employment contract for a Live-in Caregiver?

Your employment contract will outline your job duties, responsibilities, and work conditions, among other things. It protects your rights as an employee.

Do I have rights as a Live-in Caregiver under labour and employment laws?

You, as a Live-in Caregiver, have the legal right to fair conditions and fair treatment under the labour and employment laws of the province in which you work as a Live-in Caregiver.

Can I work for more than one employer simultaneously under the Live-in Caregiver Program?

No, you cannot work for more than one employer at the same time under the Live-in Caregiver Program.

Can I leave the Live-in Caregiver Program and find other employment?

If you decide to leave the Live-in Caregiver Program and you find a new job, your new employer must obtain a positive Labour Market Opinion.

If I come to Canada under the Live-in Caregiver Program, can my family come to Canada with me?

Family members usually do not come with you under the Live-in Caregiver Program. Employers may not allow family members to live in the same household, and you may not make enough money to support your family members in Canada. However, you may be allowed to bring a family member under the Live-in Caregiver Program, if you satisfy the visa office that you have enough money to support your family members and your employer will allow them to live in the same household.

Can my spouse or common law partner work in Canada?

If your spouse or common law partner wants to work in Canada, they must obtain their own work permit. Generally, the will need to meet the same requirements as you.

Can I return to my home country for vacation?

As a Live-in Caregiver, you can return to your home country for vacation. Your vacation details should be outlined in your employment contract.

What do I need to do if I want to extend my stay in Canada as a Live-in Caregiver?

If you want to stay in Canada as a Live-in Caregiver for a longer period of time than what is indicated on your work permit, you will need a letter from your Canadian employer stating that you will be working for him/her for an additional period of time and you will need a new or extended employment contract.

How long will it take me to get permanent residence status?

The current processing time for Live-in Caregiver permanent residence applications is approximately 39 months.