Live In Caregiver Program

The Live-in Caregiver Program's goal is to bring qualified workers to Canada to do live-in work as caregivers when there are not enough Canadians to fill the available positions.

Successful applicants receive a work permit which allows 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, live-in caregivers can apply in Canada to become permanent residents. They may be granted permanent resident status if they meet the requirements.

Are you interested in working as a live-in caregiver?

The Live-in Caregiver Program was set up to enable professional caregivers to work in Canada. A live-in caregiver resides in the employer’s home and is qualified to work without supervision in a private household providing care for children, elderly persons or people who have disabilities.

In order to qualify under the Live-in Caregiver Program candidates must meet a number of requirements:

  • You must have successfully completed the equivalent of a Canadian high school education. This requirement will help to ensure that if you apply for permanent residence after two years as a live-in caregiver, you will be able to succeed in the general labor market. Studies indicate that the majority of new jobs in Canada require at least a high school education.
  • You must have six months of full-time training in a classroom setting or twelve months of full-time paid employment, including at least six months of continuous employment with one employer in a field or occupation related to the job you are seeking as a live-in caregiver. You may have gained your training or experience in areas such as early childhood education, geriatric care, pediatric nursing or first aid. You may also have completed your training as part of your formal education. This experience must have been obtained within the three years immediately prior to the day on which you submit an application for a work permit.
  • You must be able to speak, read and understand either English or French at a level that allows you to function independently in a home setting. For example, you must be able to contact emergency services if required and to understand labels on medication. You will be unsupervised for most of the day and may be required to communicate with someone outside the home. A good knowledge of English or French will also enable you to read and understand your rights and obligations.
  • You must an Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from a future employer
  • You must have a written employment contract between you and your future employer. The contract defines your job duties, hours of work, salary and benefits. The contract also reinforces your employer's legal responsibilities to you. This requirement helps provide a fair working arrangement between the caregiver and the employer and provides both parties with a clear understanding of what is expected of them.


You can obtain information about sponsorship and other immigration-related issues by contacting the CIC Call Centre or by visiting the CIC and HRSDC Web sites.

Visa processing time for live in caregiver program in your Country
Before you decide to apply for the live in caregiver program and start the process it should be noted that visa processing times vary from country to country. It is important that you contact your local Canadian embassy by phone or by email to check the visa processing time that applies to you; some embassies advertise the information on their web sites. If the processing time is longer than 6 months it will decrease your chances of finding an employer as most Canadian employers cannot be expected to wait so much time. Always notify your employer about the average visa processing time in your country in order to help prevent the loss of time and money.
How to find an employer in Canada? helps nannies and caregivers from around the world find employment in Canada quickly and easily. It is not easy to find a job for international caregivers in Canada, but our online services will work for you to make this process as simple as possible. allows you to advertise your caregiver profile and receive job offers directly from Canadian employers in order to secure a position. Employers will contact you directly and you along with the employer will be able to negotiate and agree on the job conditions that are most suitable for both of you.
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