Changes to Canada’s Caregiver Program took effect on November 30, 2014. Find out how this might affect you:

  • If you have not worked in Canada under the Live-in Caregiver Program and your employer’s Labour Market Impact Assessment application was received by Service Canada after November 30, 2014:
    • you must apply for a regular work permit.
  • If you have not worked in Canada under the Live-in Caregiver Program and your employer’s Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application was received by Service Canada on or before November 30, 2014:
    •  you may apply for a Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) work permit (instructions are on this page).
  • If you already have a LCP work permit and you want to extend it or change jobs to work with another employer who agrees to a live-in arrangement:
    • you may apply for a Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) work permit.
  • If you choose to live out of your employer’s home, you will be leaving the Live-in Caregiver Program:
    • You will need to apply for a regular work permit. Your current or future employer will need a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before you apply.
    • The work you do on a live-out basis may count towards the work requirement in order to apply through either the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs pathway.

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.

Both the employer and the employee must follow several steps to meet the requirements of the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP).