Are you seeking a live-in caregiver for your senior care business? Hiring the ideal care provider necessitates a thorough grasp of the live-in caregiver requirements mandated by Canadian immigration. Don't let the process overwhelm you. This guide will empower you with the knowledge needed to make confident decisions and ensure the selection of the best personal support worker for your needs.


Live-in Caregiver Requirements

Immigration Canada allows employers to hire foreign caregivers through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and Home Support Worker Program (HSWP). Both programs address the shortage of caregivers in Canada and provide opportunities for foreign nationals to work in the country.


Under the TFWP, employers must meet specific requirements to hire a temporary worker already in Canada. These requirements include obtaining a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which demonstrates a need for a foreign caregiver and that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident is available to fill the position. Employers must also provide suitable accommodations for the caregiver, including a private room and access to basic amenities.


In addition, employers are responsible for ensuring that their wages and working conditions meet the standards set by the government. This includes paying at least the minimum wage, providing vacation time, and adhering to employment standards legislation. The requirements also outline the responsibilities of both the employer and the care provider. Employers must provide a safe and healthy work environment, while the carer must perform their duties diligently and professionally.


Employers under the HSWP must fulfill specific criteria. Firstly, they can source caregivers from within or outside Canada. Once identified, employers extend a valid job offer to the chosen caregiver—a pivotal step preceding submitting the permanent residence application.


In contrast to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), the Home Support Worker Program (HSWP) does not mandate living in the client's home as a requirement. The decision to opt for a live-in arrangement is mutual, giving both the caregiver and the client the flexibility to decide based on their preferences and needs.


Learn more about the differences between HSWP and TFWP here.   


Job Description and Responsibilities of a Live-in Caregiver

Part of the essential live-in caregiver requirements involves confirming the eligibility of caregivers to participate in either of the programs. These eligibility criteria include:


1. Language

A temporary foreign caregiver must be able to speak, read, and understand at least one of the official languages in Canada—English or French. They must be able to communicate effectively so they can work independently. On the other hand, the home support worker must meet the minimum language skill requirements for all four language skills: CLB 5 in English or NLCL 5 in French.


2. Education and Work Experience

Requirements for in-home caregivers vary between temporary foreign workers (TFWs) and home support workers. TFWs may not require formal education but may need some experience, short work demonstrations, and on-the-job training. Those hired under the HSWP must possess a post-secondary education credential of at least one year in Canada, or their foreign educational assessment must be equivalent. They must also gain 12 months of full-time related work experience within the three years.


Finding and Selecting the Perfect Caregivers

The job description and responsibilities of caregivers can vary depending on the care recipient's needs. However, there are specific core responsibilities that caregivers must fulfill. These responsibilities include:


1. Personal Care: Live-in caregivers assist with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting. They may also help with mobility and transfer.


2. Medication Management: Caregivers ensure that medications are taken as prescribed and administer medication if required. They may also keep track of medication schedules and coordinate with healthcare professionals.


3. Meal Preparation: Caregivers prepare nutritious meals according to dietary requirements and preferences. They may also assist with feeding if necessary.


4. Light Housekeeping: Caregivers help maintain a clean and organized living environment by performing light housekeeping tasks, such as tidying up, doing laundry, and cleaning.


5. Companionship: Live-in caregivers offer companionship and emotional support besides physical care. They engage in meaningful conversations, participate in activities, and give a sense of friendship and connection.


Employers must communicate their expectations and requirements to potential caregivers during hiring to ensure a good fit between the caregiver and the care recipient.


To understand more about the live-in caregiver requirements, call us at 778-724-0147. You may also check helpful resources on this page.