Canada To Abolish 'Live-in' Requirement as Path to Caregiver Permanent Residence

Canada plans to restrict inflow of foreign nannies as it modifies the decades-old live-in caregiver program, according to Asian Pacific Post.

Upcoming changes would be introduced in December, according to Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. The new rule reportedly will no longer require cargivers to live in their employer’s home. New language and education requirements to become eligible caregivers would also be implemented.

Alexander in a news conference about Canada’s 2015 immigration plan noted the contribution of caregivers to Canadian families and its economy.

“..caregivers matter to Canada and have made enormous contributions to Canada’s economy, to our economic success, to the success of the Canadian families,” he said adding that caregivers will have more pathways toward permanent residency and more opportunities for success in Canadian labor market.

But Liza Draman of the Caregivers Action Centre said the group expressed concern of what will happen after Nov. 30.

Caregivers want the right to obtain permanent residency upon arrival.
Caregivers want the right to obtain permanent residency upon arrival.

“The only thing that is good about (Friday’s) announcement is the end to the live-in requirement,” she said. “If the minister is serious about improving the condition for the caregivers, he should grant them status upon arrival,” she added.

Abolishing the live-in requirement for caregivers meant two routes for them to become permanent residents within six months.

The first one is very similar to the current arrangements, except that they are no longer required to live in the home of employers where they become more vulnerable to abuse.

The second option allows caregivers who are employed as registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse aides, orderlies, patient service associates and home support workers, to become permanent residence. Eligible ones would be able to gain the required work experience by providing care services at home or at designated healthcare facility to an elderly person or patients with disabilities or chronic medical conditions. This pathway, whose permanent residence application will also be processed within six months, offers more career options and targets workers in positions expected to face labor shortage in the future.

According to APP, 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.