The In-Home Caregiver Program brings foreign workers to Canada to provide care, in a private residence, to children, seniors or persons with certified medical needs, when Canadians and permanent residents are not available. In-Home Caregivers are individuals who are qualified to work without supervision in a private household providing care for children, the elderly or people with disabilities.
Effective December 1, 2014, ESDC overhauled the live-in caregiver program and replaced it with the the in-home caregiver programs. Families or private household employers will be able to hire foreign workers, on a live-in or live out basis, for 2 categories of in-home workers, which include:
- Caregivers for children (children under 18 years of age)
- Caregivers for people with high medical needs
- Elderly persons, 65 years of age or over; or
- People with disabilities, a chronic or terminal illness