Live-in Caregiver Reforms Announced by Chris Alexander

October 31, 2014 News
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander

2 new categories created to allow caregivers to seek permanent residency

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has announced much-anticipated reforms to the live-in caregiver program, creating new pathways for caregivers to work in Canada.

“I’m pleased to announce reforms that will improve the lives of caregivers seeking to make Canada their permanent home,” Alexander said during a news conference in Toronto on Friday.

  • Foreign caregivers backlog grows as families wait for residency

Changes to the caregiver program include:

  • Making it optional for caregivers to live with their employers.
    Reducing a backlog of 60,000 applications for permanent residence.
    Creating two new categories whereby caregivers can seek permanent residency.

“These reforms show the valuable role caregivers play in all of our lives,” Alexander said on Friday.

Starting Nov. 30, the government will launch two new pathways for caregivers to work in Canada.

One pathway will be for child-care providers. The second will be for caregivers who take care of the elderly or those with high medical needs.

Caregiver applications under the new streams will be processed within six months, Alexander said.

More to come


ethel bartolome martin
November 4, 2014

hello, i am a nurse by profession, i am very much willing to apply as a caregiver a child or an elderly. i’ve been handling elderly patient’s and children and i’ m sure i can give my tender love and care to them. i am very glad if you will give me a chance. thank you and God Bless..

November 4, 2014

Hello Ethel,

We do not hire caregivers directly but we are pleased to facilitate in connecting you with families and employers here in Canada.

First of all, you can create your profile for potential employers to contact you. Here is the link:

Secondly, you can browse through the advertised jobs on our website and apply directly if you’re interested. Contact information can be found in each job ad. You can browse the jobs at: