Hire a temporary foreign in-home caregiver

Hire a temporary foreign in-home caregiver

Canada helps its permanent residents/citizens to hire a temporary foreign in-home caregiver. Because this is to make sure that children, seniors, or people with certified medical needs can get help in their private residence. However, such a case is only applicable when no Canadian permanent resident or citizen available to do the same.

Thus, Canadian families can Hire a temporary foreign in-home caregiver under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). However, the caregivers must meet the following terms:

  • Firstly, give full-time care up to a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Secondly, must work in a private residence where the care is being given.
  • Also, must meet the terms set by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) / Service Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Besides, under the TFWP, you as a Canadian family can hire caregivers under the 2 following categories:

Hire a temporary foreign in-home caregiver: Caregivers for children

The children for whom care is being offered must be below the age of 18. Also, this category can include job positions such as:

  • Childcare provider, live-in caregiver, nanny (NOC 4411)

Hire a temporary foreign in-home caregiver: Caregivers for people with high medical needs

As per this category, the people who are receiving care must meet the terms such as:

  • Are either of or above the age of 65.
  • Have disabilities, a chronic or terminal illness.
  • Also, this category can include job positions such as:
    • A registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012)
    • The licensed practical nurse (NOC 3233)
    • Attendant for persons with disabilities, home support worker, live-in caregiver, personal care attendant (NOC 4412)


Canadian employers who want to hire a temporary foreign in-home caregiver must also meet the terms for Streams for  High wage positions or low wage positions. Besides, this also includes terms for meeting payment of wages as per the provincial norms, and the advertising and recruitment terms for the stream.

What are the terms to hire a temporary foreign in-home caregiver?

To hire a temporary foreign in-home caregiver a Canadian employer must first get a positive LMIA. However, employers or Canadian families who wish to get a caregiver for home care for people who need medical help are exempt from paying an LMIA application processing fee of $1000. Further, employers/families with an annual income of $150,000 or less, who are looking to get home care for a child under the age of 13 are also exempt from this fee.

Language Terms for Employer/Foreign Caregiver

Canada has a strict policy that all employers hiring or foreign workers entering Canada must have a minimum language skill level in English and/or French. These 2 languages are the official languages of Canada. Thus, the country ensures that all foreign workers have at least a job-ready language skill level.

For employers wanting to hire a temporary foreign in-home caregiver must ensure that the terms for their job position must clearly share that the medium of instruction has to be either English or French. This must also be clear in the LMIA application and at the time of job advertising. But, in case an employer wishes to hire a caregiver who speaks a language other than English or French then it must provide reasons for the same.

In the case of foreign caregivers, employers must ensure that the worker has a minimum language skill level required to do the job.

Education, training, or experience

The employers wanting to hire a temporary foreign in-home caregiver must make sure that the caregiver has all the knowledge, skill level, training, and experience to perform its job duties safely and efficiently.

  • Lower skilled positions – May require less experience, short work demo, on the job training, or no need for formal education; and
  • Higher skilled positions – May require post-secondary education such as a degree, diploma, and or certificate.

Proof of individual who needs care

Employers hiring caregivers must submit proof for the same. To do so submit proof of 1 of the following:

  •  Proof of parentage and age of each child who is under the age of 18. Give 1 of the following:
    • Long-form birth certificate
    • Adoption order
    • Official guardianship, or
    • Medical doctor’s note confirming the pregnancy and the due date
  • Age of senior citizen (65 years or older). Give 1 of the following:
    • birth certificate
    • passport, or
    • Old Age Security identification card
  • Proof of disability, chronic or terminal illness for each disabled, chronically, or terminally ill person. Give 1 of the following:
    • Complete, signed and dated Schedule H – Medical disability, chronic or terminal illness certificate (EMP5600) form, by the physician, or
    • A written note from a physician proving that the chronic or terminal illness and that he/she/it needs a live-in caregiver.

Financial ability

The employer(s) hiring foreign caregivers must be able to bear the costs for the same. This includes paying wages, transportation, and housing etc. Also, Service Canada will check the financial ability of the employer(s) as per the Low Income Cut-Offs (LICO).


The employer(e) hiring caregivers must also do the following:

  • Pay minimum set median wage for the job position and as per the job location.
  • Ensure workplace safety in compliance with Canadian laws.
  • Besides, the employer can not make the foreign caregiver do job duties that are not a part of his job position.

Advertising and Recruitment

Employers wanting to hire a temporary foreign in-home caregiver must meet the terms for advertising and recruitment as per the stream for which the job position falls under:

  • Stream for high-wage positions
  • Stream for low-wage positions 

Work Permit

Once a Canadian employer gets a positive LMIA then they must share this with the temporary foreign worker. Also, they must ask the foreign caregiver to apply to IRCC for a work permit. After the caregiver’s work permit application is processed and approved, it will get a work permit. This work permit will state the name of the Canadian employer and the duration of employment.

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