Caregiver Program

Immigration Options for Skilled Individuals

As immigration options for skilled individuals become more restricted in the United States and Europe, Canada remains one of the most open immigration systems for skilled individuals in the G7.  

Some of the main routes for permanent residence in the Economic categories are listed below (see here for videos where we provide more details on some of these programs).

1. Express Entry Program.  This remains one of the most widely used programs for skilled individuals.  In order to get through the program, you have to first qualify to enter the online pool and then will compete with other candidates in the pool in order to obtain an Invitation to Apply.  

2. Provincial Nominee Programs.  All provinces in Canada now have their own programs for people who have job offers, education, businesses, or other ties to a province.

3. Self-Employed Program.  Talented athletes and artists may be able to apply under this category if they can show that they have been self-employed in their professions and will make a contribution to Canada.  

4. Caregiver Program.  Caregivers who have worked legally in Canada for two years caring for children, elderly, or disabled persons may be able to apply under this program.

5. Start-up Visa Program.  Entrepreneurs who have the support of a designated organization can qualify under this program.

6. Atlantic Pilot Program.  Workers who have job offers in one of the Atlantic provinces may be eligible to apply under this category.

To determine the best route for immigration for you or someone you know, contact us at (416) 548-9101 or at to book a consultation.

Tips about the new Caregiver Program

The new Caregiver program that replaced the old Live-in-Caregiver program has created much confusion for families who want to hire caregivers and for workers who want to immigrate under this program.  Here are some of the tips about the program that may help you: 

  • It has become quite difficult to get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for caregivers. A recent Toronto Star article reported that less than 10% of applications have been approved since the new program started.  It is still possible to obtain a LMIA for a caregiver in some locations.  However, we highly advise obtaining advice and representation when deciding to submit your application.
  • Those persons with open work permits (such as post-grad work permits, spousal work permits, or IEC work permits), however, may now qualify for permanent residence under the Caregiver program if they work for 2 years in Canada taking care of a child, elderly person, or a person living with a chronic illness or disability.  (Please note that students would not be able to use their work experience gained while they are studying full-time for this program).  
  • Given the difficulties of obtaining an LMIA, families may find it easier to find persons with open work permits to work for them rather than applying for LMIAs.
  • Persons with open work permits may also find the Caregiver program an easier way to obtain permanent residence than the Express Entry system.

To find out how if this program is right for you, contact us at (416) 548-9101, or at


New Caregiver Program Rules

Last Friday, the government announced major changes to the Caregiver Program, with the new rules to apply on November 30, 2014.

The former Live-In Caregiver Program will be divided into two programs:

    1. Caregivers who take care of children
    2. Caregivers who take care of seniors or persons with disabilities or critical illness 

Here's a rundown of the main changes:

  • The new programs will: 
    • require all applicants to pass English or French exams
    • require all applicants who apply for permanent residence to have a degree or diploma from at least a one-year college or university program
    • Continue to require 2 out of 4 years of full-time work experience in Canada as caregivers with work permits to qualify for permanent residence
  • Although applicants will no longer be required to live with the employer, it may be more difficult to obtain LMIAs (formerly LMOs) which are required to obtain work permits for this program
  • There will be a quota of 2,750 for each of the two programs. If an application for permanent residence is submitted after the quota is filled, the application will be returned
  • Many applicants who qualify under the old system will no longer qualify under the new system. Those who have already received work permits or who apply for work permits based on LMIAs received before November 30 will be able to apply under the old system