The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) allows Canadian families and private households hire foreign caregivers or nannies when no Canadian citizen or permanent resident is qualified to take the job. The caregiver program has also been divided into two distinct categories Caregivers for Children and Caregivers for people with high medical needs.

  1. Caregivers for children
  • Children under 18 years of age
  • The position can be classified as a child care provider, live-in caregiver, or nanny (NOC 4411)
  1. Caregivers for people with high medical needs
  • Elderly people over the age of 65
  • People with disabilites or a chronic/terminal illness
  • The position can be classifed as a registered nurse/registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012), licensed practical nurse (NOC 3233), attendant for persons with disabilities, home support worker, live-in caregiver, or personal care attendant (NOC 4412).

The caregiver position for either category must also meet the following requirements:

  • Full time position (minium of 30 hours/week)
  • In a private home where the care is being provided
  • Meet the requirements set by the Economic and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Service Immigration, or Refugees and Citzen Canada (RCC)
  • Caregiver may live-in or live-out of the residence where the care is being provided

Employers interested in hiring In-Home caregiver must meet these requirements:

  • Business number or BN from the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Record of employment
  • Proof of individual requiring care
  • Must be offering a median wage to the TFW
  • Financial ability
  • Transportation of the foreign worker
  • Workplace safety
  • Employment contract
  • Recruitment and advertisement requirements

The employer must pay workers for all work and overtime (as required by law), ensure the worker has time off and vacation, and that their duites do not correspond to that of a cleaner.


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