How to Work in Canada as a Caregiver

If you are a home care provider looking for an amazing opportunity to go abroad, then this is for you. Canada is one of the places where home care providers are readily sought after and in high demand. Whether you want to au-pair or be a family caregiver, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here is how to work in Canada as a caregiver.

All You Need to Know on How to Work in Canada as a Caregiver

There are a few things needed before you can jump right in and become a caregiver in Canada. Follow the next three steps in how to become a care provider and move to Canada.

Job offer

If you wish to qualify for one of the home care provider pilots, you will need a valid job offer from a Canadian employer which will serve as proof that you will have to work more than 30 hours a week as a full-time care provider. There are a few ways you could go about looking for a job in your specific area of expertise:

  • Before applying for a job, make sure your resume is up to date. Make sure your resume is of the correct format for that specific province or territory. Make sure your references are reliable once and will recommend you if they should call to do a background check.
  • Look at which provinces and territories have a high job demand for caregivers. New Brunswick, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Yukon territories are currently the territories with the highest job demands for care providers. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, provinces think it wiser to move those patients with underlying illnesses and disabling conditions away from hospitals and into their own homes.
  • Look at employee placement agencies. They will charge a fee, but they will help you match to the specific job that you are looking for. These agencies can unfortunately not apply for a work permit on your behalf, only Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC) are allowed to provide that service.

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Apply for a work Visa

Caregivers with definite job offers can apply with either the Home Support Worker Pilot or the Home Child Care Provider Pilot for the occupation-restricted open work permit within the International Mobility Program. You will be responsible for travel expenses and application funds as employers are no longer covering this expense. This program means that you are allowed to work for any employer in any province but you are limited to only working in a specific occupation. The requirements for this visa are in the table below.

Requirements for Home Care Provider Pilots
RequirementsInformation
Educationa one year post-secondary education credential
Language TestsCanadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NLCL) 5 in French
Work ExperienceThe more work experience you have, the more likely you will be able to qualify for one of the home care provider pilots
Valid Job OfferThe employer must have a genuine need to hire you and will need to submit relevant documentation in order for you to get a valid job offer
Police ClearanceYou will need a clear criminal record to gain entry in Canada for every country you’ve lived in for six months or longer.
Medical ExamYou will need to prove you are in a healthy condition and may not have any life threatening illnesses before qualifying for this program.

Work Experience

If you meet all the requirements and get a job offer from Canada, you’ll be issued a work permit. Once you start working as a caregiver you will need a total of 24 months before you can apply for permanent residency. The 24 months doesn’t have to be congruent, it just has to add up to the amount stated.

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Types of Home Care Provider Pilots

Currently, there are two Home Care Provider Pilots specifically catering for caregivers who wish to work in Canada. 

Home Child Care Provider Pilot

Home Child Care Providers are to assist busy parents by looking after their children and assisting with daily tasks such as homework, household duties, and tutoring. This could mean the family will need you to live with them unless you have a family.

This is a five-year program and allows for not only the caregiver to move to Canada, but allows their family to come with them as well. They can easily become permanent residents after working a certain amount of time. The National Occupation Classification (NOC) for this occupation is 4411.

This program is applicable for candidates who have the relevant experience or interest in the following occupations:

  • Nanny
  • Parent’s helper
  • Babysitter
  • Au pair
  • Live-in child caregiver
  • Private home child caregiver

Home Support Worker Provider Pilot

Home support worker providers are to assist senior citizens, those who have disabilities and people who are going through rehabilitation. Some of the respolities will be feeding, cooking, bathing, changing, and administering medications.

This program is similar to the Home Child Care Provider Pilot This program is also a five-year program that will allow qualified caregivers to move to Canada with their families. This pilot program will also allow you and your family permanent residency after you have worked a certain amount of months. The NOC for this occupation is 4412.

  • Personal care attendant
  • Respite worker
  • Doula
  • Home visitor
  • At-home attendant for persons with disabilities
  • Family caregiver
  • Home support worker
  • Housekeeper
  • Live-in caregiver for seniors
  • Personal aide

FAQS

Can you change jobs in Canada?

When you are a caregiver, there are personal relationships you form with those you look after, therefore the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made an exception to grant care providers a special open work permit allowing them to switch when they are not happy with their current employers.

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Can you become a caregiver without post-secondary education?

Yes, you most certainly can. If you have experience or training in childcare or home support that you have done in the past you will also be considered. However, you will need to complete a year of post-secondary school education in Canada in order to officially work there.

How much is the salary of a caregiver in Canada?

A full-time caregiver's potential earnings are about $31,688 per year or $16.25 per hour. If the caregiver is not as experienced they would earn an estimated $26,569 per year, but more experienced workers earn about $45,045 per year. Caregivers usually live with their employers depending on what their contract states, meaning rent is an expense they will most likely not have to deduct from their paycheck.

What are caregivers requirements when working in Canada?

Caregivers are multifaceted and are required to do some things that are not always in their job description. Here are the basics of what a caregiver does:

  • Help with basic needs
  • Assist with housekeeping
  • Monitor medications or school work
  • Have a care plan in order
  • Offer companionship
  • Monitor medication

Is there an age limit for caregiver patients in Canada?

Yes there are, you will have to look after those under the age of 18 if you are a home child care provider, and elderly persons above the age of 65 if you are a home support worker provider. There are patients with disabilities that will not fall in any specific age bracket and might have different needs than what your job specification entails. 

Time is of the essence, and there is no better time than now to apply and chase your dreams. Not only will you be chasing your dreams, but you will be helping someone else in the process. Let us help you work in Canada as a caregiver and get started on your future today.