Live in Caregiver Program (LCP)Â
There is a formal program from the Canadian government called the Live-In Caregiver Program. You must meet the following criteria prior to submitting your application:
1. Successful completion of the equivalent of a Canadian high school education. A person graduates from
high school in Canada (other than QuÃ©bec) after 12 years of education.
This requirement will help to ensure that participants who apply for permanent residence after two years
will be able to succeed in the general labour market. Studies indicate that the majority of new jobs in
Canada require at least a high school education. If you were educated in the Philippines, you must have
at least two years of post-high school education, and have obtained at least 72 units of credit.
2. Six months of continuous full-time training or 12 months of experience in paid employment in a caregiving
field or occupation related to the job you are seeking as a live-in caregiver.
Your training or experience should be in early childhood education, geriatric care, or pediatric nursing, to
name just a few areas. If you are a licensed registered nurse, with experience, you are normally
considered to meet this requirement.
In order to qualify, the six-month training course must have been completed as part of formal education
taken at an institution accredited by the local education authority. In the Philippines, TESDA (Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority) is the "local authority.â€
In addition to being TESDA-accredited, your training must also comply with the requirements of Canadian
immigration legislation and policy. Full-time training must be completed within a period of at least six
months with a minimum of 25 hours per week in a classroom setting. Time spent performing on-the-job
training or a practicum is not considered part of your required training, even though this may be a TESDA
requirement. Correspondence courses, evening and weekend classes are also not considered as "full
NOTE: If your classroom training is less than 6 months, this will result in the refusal of your application.
As a quality control measure, embassy officials periodically monitor caregiver training institutions to
ensure that the schools meet the requirements of the Canadian legislation and policy. If your caregiver
school does not meet the required standards, you may be deemed not to have met the Programâ€™s
requirements and your application may be refused.
A number of institutions in the Philippines have developed a "six month caregiver course." These are in
no way affiliated with, or accredited or certified by the Canadian Government or the Embassy of Canada.
It is recommended that you exercise due diligence in choosing a training centre. The onus is on you to
verify that the school is not only TESDA accredited, but also that the training complies with the
requirements of Canadian immigration legislation and policy.
In order to meet the criteria for experience, you must have completed one year of full-time paid
employment, including at least six months of continuous employment with one employer, in that field or
occupation. Your experience must have been obtained within the three years immediately prior to the day
you submit your application for a Work Permit. .
If your caregiver-related work experience was within the Philippines, you need to submit, along with your
employment certificate(s), proof of your employer's contributions to the Social Security System and/or
Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, as issued by SSS and/or PhilHealth.
If your caregiver-related work experience was outside of the Philippines, you need to submit an
employment contract listing your duties, dates of employment, and the position. Also, submit a copy of the
valid employment visa for the period of employment.
3. Ability to speak, read and understand either English or French.
You must be able to function independently in a home setting. For example, you must be able to contact
emergency services if required and to understand labels on medication. Caregivers will be unsupervised
for most of the day and may be put in a position of having to communicate with someone outside the
home. A good knowledge of English or French will also enable you to read and understand your rights
and obligations as a Temporary Foreign Worker in Canada.
Please be advised that you are encouraged to undertake language proficiency testing (IELTS or TEF)
and provide the results as this is the best way to provide proof of language skills.
4. You must have a valid employment contract with your prospective employer.
The contract defines your job duties, hours of work, salary and benefits. The contract also reinforces your
employer's legal responsibilities towards you. This requirement helps provide a fair working arrangement
between you and your employer. It also provides each of you with a clear understanding of what is
expected of the other. The employer will send the proposed contract to you for review and signature
before the job offer is validated by Service Canada/Human Resources & Skills Development Canada. The
signed contract is part of the documentation that you must submit together with your application.
An important requirement of the program is that you must live in the home where the person being cared
for resides. Also, the employer must be able to show that they are able to fulfill the stipulations of the
contract (for example, the employer must show that they are able to pay your wages based on the
amount agreed and provide you with a private bedroom with a lock and key).
source : APPLICATION KIT â€“ Live-In Caregiver Program, Canadian Embassy
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