Hiring a foreign caregiver in Canada

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The process of hiring a foreign caregiver

A new process for hiring foreign caregivers took effect on June 18, 2019 and employers are no longer required to secure an LMIA! There are two new pilot programs: the home childcare provider pilot program and the home support worker pilot program.

To be able to hire a foreign home child care provider or a home support worker, you’ll need to have a CRA business number. You can conveniently get a CRA business number online, by email, telephone or fax. Please click here for more information about getting a CRA business number.

To take advantage of the new caregiver pilot programs, you must be residing outside of Quebec.

What are the two new caregiver pilot programs?

The two new caregiver pilot programs are the home child care provider pilot program and the home support worker pilot program. These pilot programs have just opened on June 18, 2019 and is good for five years or until 2024.

Duties and Responsibilities of a home child care provider
Some or all of the duties and responsibilities of a home child care provider are:

  • Supervise and care for children in employer’s or own residence
  • Bathe, dress and feed infants and children
  • Prepare formulas and change diapers for infants
  • Plan, prepare and serve meals for children and may perform other housekeeping duties
  • Oversee children’s activities, such as meals and rest periods, as instructed by employer
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment in the home
  • Instruct children in personal hygiene
  • Tend to the emotional well-being of children and support their social development
  • Discipline children according to the methods requested by the parents
  • Provide age-appropriate educational training through organized activities such as games, crafts, reading and outings
  • Take children to and from school and appointments
  • May be required to keep records of daily activities and health information regarding each child
Duties and Responsibilities of a home support worker
Some or all of the duties and responsibilites of a home support worker are:

  • Provide care and companionship for individuals and families during periods of incapacitation, convalescence or family disruption
  • Administer bedside and personal care to clients such as aid in ambulation, bathing, personal hygiene, and dressing and undressing
  • Plan and prepare meals and special diets, and feed or assist in feeding clients
  • May perform routine health-related duties such as changing non-sterile dressings, assisting in the administration of medications and collecting specimens under the general direction of home care agency supervisor or nurse
  • May perform routine housekeeping duties such as laundry, washing dishes and making beds.

What you need to know about the new caregiver pilot programs

1. The candidate that you choose to hire will be applying as a permanent resident. This means that you have to ensure as much as possible that they are eligible to apply under one of the pilot programs.

2. The caregiver that you hire through either of these new pilot programs will be issued a work permit that is not employer-specific but is occupation-specific. This means that they will be able to work for a different employer as long as they are in the same profession.

Offer of Employment

Your chosen candidate will need a copy of an offer of employment to apply under one of the pilot programs. The offer of employment form can be downloaded here.

Processing Time

According to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the processing is 12 months.

Our Services for Caregiver Employers

1. We help you find the perfect caregiver that is right for your family.
2. We work with the candidate to ensure that all requirements are in place.
3. We update you with the progress of the candidate’s immigration application.
4. We assist in every possible way.

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