If you are interested in working in Canada as a nanny, caregiver or au pair, the Live-in Caregiver Program may be suitable for you.
Live-in caregivers are individuals who are qualified to provide care for children, elderly persons or persons with disabilities in private homes without supervision. Live-in caregivers must live in the private home where they work in Canada.
There are four main requirements you must meet to qualify under the Live-in Caregiver Program:
In order to work in Canada as a live-in caregiver, you must first locate a prospective employer in Canada. The Visa Section cannot assist you in locating an employer in Canada. You are not required to use a placement agency for the purpose of locating an employer.
Once you have located a prospective employer in Canada who wishes to employ a live-in caregiver, your employer must send a request to Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) /Service Canada.
Then, HRSDC/Service Canada provides a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) to the employer and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The LMO is an assessment of the likely impact that the hiring of the foreign worker may have on the Canadian labour market. Your employer will send a copy of the LMO to you.
You both must then sign an employer–employee contract that meets the labour standards and working conditions in the province where you will be working.
Once you have obtained a signed contract and a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO), your next step is for you to apply for a Work Permit at this Visa Section. Click here for details on how to apply for a Work Permit.
More information for both employers and applicants on Working in Canada and the Live-In Caregiver Program is available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.