Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and Work Permits for Hiring Caregivers / Nannies in Canada
Presently, Caregivers and Nannies have no LMIA exemptions. If a Caregiver changes Employers the new employer must have the LMIA approved before a work permit can be approved.
To advertise for a caregiver / Nanny you must post in Canada’s national Job Bank. They will also require the Employer to show that they have made reasonable efforts to hire a Canadian, a permanent resident or a foreign worker already in Canada as a live-in caregiver. The Employer is required to advertise your position in the national Job Bank. Find out more about the minimum recruitment efforts required under the Live-in Caregiver Program on the ESDC website.
You can hire a live-in caregiver who is already in Canada and has a valid work permit. The caregiver will need to apply for a new work permit naming you as the employer. It is illegal for the caregiver to begin working for you without this permit. You cannot hire a caregiver on a trial basis to find out if they are suitable. It is a crime to employ a worker who is not authorized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
When you have found a caregiver you want to hire, contact the ESDC/SC Live-in Caregiver Call Centre to obtain more information about the Live-in Caregiver Program at 1-800-367-5693 (from within Canada or the United States) or 506-546-7569 (from outside Canada or the United States).
As of January 2016, the LMIA application process is taking eight plus (8+) weeks and the work permit almost as long or longer. For further info or clairfiaction you can try to call CIC 1-888-242-2100, however, it is next to impossible to talk with a real person. When an employer has found a caregiver they want to hire, they can contact the ESDC/SC Live-in Caregiver Call Centre to obtain more information about the Live-in Caregiver Program at 1-800-367-5693, HOWEVER, you need the LMIA. ESDC/SC while very helpful and you can actually talk with a person you need CIC to get the work permit. Online is the best method for dealing with CIC.
In, conclusion, a LMIA is required before applying for a work permit renewal with the same employer or with a new employer. Apply for the LMIA ASAP because it can take 8+ Weeks for employers to obtain a positive LMIA. When the LMIA is approved apply online for the CIC work permit (unknown length of time but estimated to be 3-4 months). Hopefully, the new Trudeau Government will streamline the Caregiver / Nanny process in the near future.
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