LMIA for Hiring a Temporary In-Home Caregiver

Frequently Asked Questions


Are you in need of a temporary in-home caregiver and considering hiring one from outside Canada? Service Canada facilitates the process of hiring temporary foreign workers, including in-home caregivers. In this comprehensive guide, we will outline the requirements and process for applying to Service Canada to hire a temporary in-home caregiver, ensuring a smooth and efficient hiring process.

A worker can be issued a temporary work permit valid for 3 years under this program. 

Additionally, the work permit can be used by the worker to benefit their permanent residency application. Specifically, the worker can claim arranged employment for Express Entry, boosting the worker’s score.

Requirements for Hiring a Temporary In-Home Caregiver

When hiring a temporary in-home caregiver, there are specific requirements that must be met. These requirements include:

  1. Genuine Need: You must have a genuine need for an in-home caregiver due to the physical or mental condition of a family member. This can include seniors, individuals with disabilities, or those with medical needs that require assistance with daily activities.

  2. Proof of recruitment efforts: Employers must demonstrate that they made reasonable efforts to recruit Canadian citizens or permanent residents for the position. This can involve advertising the job vacancy and documenting the results of recruitment efforts.

  3. Job Offer: You must provide a valid job offer to the prospective in-home caregiver. The offer should include details such as job duties, work hours, wages, accommodation arrangements, and the duration of employment.

  4. Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA): In most cases, you must obtain an LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) before hiring a temporary in-home caregiver. The LMIA assesses the impact of hiring a foreign worker on the Canadian labour market and ensures that there is a genuine need for the caregiver.

  5. Wages and Benefits: You must offer wages and benefits that meet or exceed the prevailing rates for in-home caregivers in your specific geographic area. This ensures fair compensation for the caregiver’s services.

  6. Language Proficiency: The in-home caregiver must have sufficient language proficiency in English or French to effectively communicate and perform their duties. This requirement helps ensure effective care and communication within the household.

  7. Health and Security Clearances: The caregiver must undergo a medical examination to meet the health requirements for entering Canada. Additionally, they must provide police certificates from countries they have lived in for six months or more since the age of 18 to meet security clearance requirements.

Process for Hiring a Temporary In-Home Caregiver

The process for hiring a temporary in-home caregiver through Service Canada involves several steps. These steps include:

  1. Job Offer and LMIA: Begin by offering the caregiver a valid job, including details of the position and wages. You must then apply for an LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The LMIA process includes demonstrating the genuine need for the caregiver and compliance with employment standards.

  2. Completing the Application: Complete the appropriate application form for hiring a temporary in-home caregiver. Ensure that you provide accurate information and include all required supporting documents.

  3. Pay the Fees: There is a processing fee for hiring a temporary in-home caregiver. Refer to the official Service Canada website for the most up-to-date fee information and acceptable payment methods.

  4. Submit the Application: Submit the completed application, along with the required supporting documents and fees, to the appropriate Service Canada office or visa application center.

  5. Wait for Processing: Service Canada will review the application, including the job offer, LMIA, and supporting documents. The processing time can vary depending on factors such as the volume of applications and the complexity of the case.

  6. Receive Decision: Once Service Canada has processed your application, you will receive a decision regarding the approval of the temporary in-home caregiver. If the application is approved, you can proceed with hiring the caregiver and making the necessary arrangements for their arrival in Canada.

Upon the caregiver’s arrival, it is important to provide them with the agreed-upon working conditions, including fair wages, accommodation (if applicable), and a supportive work environment. As an employer, you are responsible for complying with all employment standards and regulations, including working hours, overtime pay, and providing a safe and healthy work environment.

Throughout the caregiver’s employment, it is crucial to maintain open communication and address any concerns or issues promptly. Regularly evaluate the caregiver’s performance and provide feedback to ensure the best possible care for your loved ones.

If you require an extension of the caregiver’s employment beyond the initial agreed-upon period, you may need to apply for a work permit extension or submit a new LMIA application, depending on the circumstances. It is recommended to start the extension process well in advance to avoid any disruptions in care.

Remember, hiring a temporary in-home caregiver through Service Canada involves following the established requirements and procedures. It is essential to keep abreast of any updates or changes in the regulations and to consult the official Service Canada website or seek professional advice when needed.

In conclusion, hiring a temporary in-home caregiver through Service Canada involves meeting specific requirements, obtaining an LMIA, completing the application process, and adhering to employment standards. By following these steps and providing a supportive work environment, you can ensure the well-being and care of your loved ones while meeting your family’s needs.

Hire Our Firm for a Seamless Hiring Process of a Temporary In-Home Caregiver

Our firm provides comprehensive support throughout the entire process. From assisting with LMIA application to ensuring compliance with immigration regulations, we will be by your side, addressing any concerns or questions that may arise along the way.

Don’t let the complexities of hiring a temporary in-home caregiver through Service Canada overwhelm you. Take action today and hire our firm to streamline the process and ensure the best possible care for your loved ones.

Mandelbaum Immigration Lawyers can conduct an assessment for you. Simply provide us with your name, email address and phone number by emailing us at info@dmandelbaum.com, and our office will contact you to arrange a consultation with a lawyer.

By hiring our firm, you can trust that we will handle the administrative burden, navigate the requirements, and guide you through the hiring process with professionalism and care. Let us help you find the perfect temporary in-home caregiver, allowing your loved ones to receive the support and attention they deserve.

Take the first step towards securing quality care for your family members. Contact our firm today, and together, we’ll ensure a smooth and successful hiring process of a temporary in-home caregiver.

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