Government of Canada announces reforms to end the live-in requirement, reduce family separation and provide more options to caregivers in Canada

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Improving Canada’s Caregiver Program

Government of Canada announces reforms to end the live-in requirement, reduce family separation and provide more options to caregivers in Canada

Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, announced significant reforms to the Caregiver Program that acknowledges the valuable contributions caregivers make to Canadian families and the economy.

Changes to the program include ending the live-in requirement, and providing eligible caregivers with two pathways that will lead to permanent residence within six months.

One pathway features criteria for child care providers that are very similar to current requirements, but without the need for the caregiver to live in the home of their employer where they may be vulnerable to abuse.

In addition, caregivers in a variety of health care occupations, including registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse aides, orderlies, patient service associates and home support workers, will also have a pathway to permanent residence. Eligible caregivers in this stream would be able to gain their work experience either in providing in-home care or care in a health-care facility to an elderly person or a person with a disability or chronic medical condition. This pathway offers more career options for eligible caregivers, and targets workers in occupations that are expected to face labour shortages in the future. Applications in this stream would also be processed within six months.

The Government of Canada is taking aggressive action to reduce the backlog of applications for permanent residence through the Live-in Caregiver Program. As part of the 2015 Levels Plan tabled today in the House of Commons, Canada will welcome 30,000 new permanent residents in this category. Reducing the backlog and processing times will mean that eligible caregivers will be reunited sooner with their families.

Caregivers who have already applied for Live-in Caregiver Program work permits, and any who apply based on an employer’s approved Labour Market Impact Assessment submitted before November 30, will also be able to complete the work requirement on a live-in basis and eventually apply for permanent residence.

Quick facts

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada will set an all-time record in the number of caregiver permanent resident admissions in 2014, with levels set at 17,500.
  • Both pathways will have a cap on applications of 2,750 each year, for a total of 5,500. This does not include spouses and dependants, and is consistent with the number of caregivers coming to Canada in recent years. From 2011 to 2013, about 4,500 principal applicants applied each year for permanent residence through the Caregiver Program.
  • In recent years, the Government of Canada has made a number of improvements to the Caregiver Program, including making open work permits available to live-in caregivers immediately upon applying for permanent residence, increasing the amount of time available for a caregiver to complete the work requirement from three years to four, adopting a standardized employment contract for live-in caregivers that defines the employer’s obligations to the caregiver and arranging emergency processing of new work permits for caregivers who have been abused and need to leave their employment urgently.


“We have listened to the concerns of caregivers across Canada and have taken action to improve Canada’s Caregiver Program. Our government’s changes protect caregivers from abuse and reduce family separation. With our improvements caregivers will be provided with more pathways towards permanent residence and will have the tools they need to achieve success in the Canadian labour market.”

Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister

Minister Alexander and Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr. announce that the Government of Canada’s annual immigration plan, including the highest planned level of admissions in recent history.(cic.gc.ca)

Minister Alexander and Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr. announce that the Government of Canada’s annual immigration plan, including the highest planned level of admissions in recent history.(cic.gc.ca)


67 thoughts on “Government of Canada announces reforms to end the live-in requirement, reduce family separation and provide more options to caregivers in Canada

  1. Put it into action please,not just a word of mouth, a lot of caregiver have been longing for there family for such a very long time,years and years of waiting

  2. I would like to know now how much fee for LMO at this time Sir is it 1000,00 stell high sir because in a matter of two months ,,when I pay is $ 275.00 only then Immigrition forffited my money alraedy and now if I forward another applecation do I need to pay 1000,00 for LMO it that high,, wow pls be consederate for us pls.

  3. What happens after 6 months? The care giver will leave the employer if she does not like the situation? It takes a very long time to process all the paper work for the caregiver to come to Canada and be with that employer and they have a choice to leave after 6 months? I agree with the non-live-in caregivers, yes, they can chose whether or not they want to live-in. I have mixed feelings about this. I guess its a catch 22.

  4. Willing to receive any current news from cic / govt regarding the issue of foreign workers.You can email mE

  5. Its great opertunity.those who wish to work in canda.and let me know how to proceed it and what are the requirements

  6. Right now I am working as a caregiver in Isreal.l look after a 38 yeara old man with paralised due to a bike accident.I wish to come and work in canada as a caregiver.I am a registred indian mail nurse too.

  7. i this is not true why my application of Permanate resident under live in caregiver it’s more than 28months already up to now I did not receive anything after my open work permit

  8. Hi.. I have my work permit last august 1. Does it mean that I can apply for permanent resident after 6 months?

  9. We are so grateful to the Canadian Government specifically to Minister Alexander and Senator Enverga Jr. for this big help for us foreign caregivers.Now we have the hope that in soonest possible time ,we will be united with our family specially with our children by taking them here in Canada.I am so happy and blessed of being a part of this country!
    Long live Canada!May God continue to bless you and your people!!!

  10. Appreciate then nice program for caregivers and immigrants in Canada.Want to know also opportunities for Filipino registered Pharmacist.

  11. I’m a medical radiographer in mounth Elizabeth hospital in Singapore willing to apply for immigrant in canada but need your help of how to apply

  12. i send my application last 2012 of december…all of my friends they got their pr already to think that i applied first..why my application is still pending…am i not included in that 17,500 applicants that they issue a permanent residency??

  13. Good day, Sir/Mam, i would like to apply in canada, i am a caregiver, i am from the philippines. My cel number is +639192234788, i will be glad if you are going to hire me. Thank you so much. God bless you all.

  14. Dear Sir/madam..
    How about for the applicants already submitted their applications is it required for them the so called English/ proficiency?

  15. i been waiting my papers for almost a year, i just want to know only, if how long it gonna takes and i gonna wait for the processing.thank you///

  16. Sir/maam I just want to ask is this applicable for Edmonton caregivers only or around canada?how about here in Ottawa?thanks

  17. Thank you for this update news regarding the changes of the requirements of the Canada Caregiver Program we can relay these news to our dear student applicants for Caregiver Program.. Thank you! From Elma Sanchez Ayop (owner) of Fil-Canadian Training and Dev’t Center for Caregivers, (Philippines).

  18. So, as a caregiver and a Canadian, I have recently lost my credibility, because now I need to pay for a certificate that tells everyone I am doing my job right, I am still paid very little over minimum wage, I am not allowed to take vacation time, I need to pay for my uniforms and here you are happily announcing that you’ve just policied legal bribes to bring people from other countries to do this job. Most of whom the seniors will not be able to comprehend or connect to because of their different cultures and heavy accents. I’m searching for the good part in all this……for me, I mean, as a Canadian caregiver.
    I see why it’s good for the government. You’ve found people who will do the work, and see it as a blessing and not a rip-off, like the rest of us who already live here and care enough to do the job – without perks or incentives! Bandades are great, aren’t they! And I pay my tax dollars for this nonsense! HA. I know, this is the Immigration Office. Left hand, right hand. Still dollars spend not on Canadians.

  19. Its a great news! Thank you for the kindhearted decission and more power to you Minister Alexander and also to all the members of Canada law making body ,you are the luck for millions of filipinos because is a place for greener pasture. God bless you more!

  20. I was really happy to heard this kind of news,thank you very much to the Canadian government soon we will be together with my loving kids….

  21. is it true about the new policy of the canada gov’t,regarding the requirement for applying a caregiver and nannies that should have 3 years in college now?unlike before that 72 units only thanks……..

  22. Ive been here for more than 6 yrs.I submitted my documenrs december 30 2010 , until now im not permanent resident my family was not here yet!. Its unfair!!!

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