Changes announced in the recent months have now been implemented. As of November 30, 2014 families seeking to hire caregivers for childcare, elder care or care for the disabled will have to endure the same painful process that corporations in Canada must go through to gain the approval to hire a foreign worker.
As of November 30, 2014:
Live in Caregiver program is now called “In-Home Caregivers,”
Employers have the option to hire caregivers, nurses, or aids depending on requirements of the job,
Caregivers will have the choice of whether they wish to live-in or live-out,
Families who will employ live-in’s cannot deduct or charge the worker for room and board,
Employers must pay the median prevailing wage for the occupation in the city/province where the work will be performed,
Employers hiring from abroad must advertise their position for a minimum of four (4) weeks and provide evidence of the results of their recruitment efforts,
- Two streams have been created for caregivers applying for permanent residence, with a total of 5,500 applications accepted per year.
Employers must submit an application for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and pay a $1000 filing fee. There are no refunds for a refusal. Refusals cannot be appealed or reconsidered and therefore it is imperative that the employer is aware of the requirements before submitting an application. For this reason, it is highly recommended for employers to seek professional assistance with the preparation and submission of the application.
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