The Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) is part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). When first designed, it intended to enable all Canadians to be able to recruit foreign nationals that would provide childcare/ home support for seniors or people with different disabilities.
The uniqueness of this TFW program was on the fact it offered a direct pathway to permanent residence! Everyone that had at least two years of work experience on a LCP work permit was able to apply to transition to permanent residence.
Among many requests LCP had had to do with caregivers who reside with the family they worked for. This work, was often leaving them vulnerable to different abuses such as poor working conditions, unpaid overtime, or even worse.
Since these people’s status was directly depending on their employer, many experts and critics argued that this program needed to change to fully protect the safety of live-in caregivers.
IRCC created two new prioritized pathways:
- Applications to the Caring for Children pathway
- Caring for People with High Medical Needs
These new pathways would be normally processed within the first six months. Also, the work experience of live-out caregivers couldn’t count when it comes to the regular Live-in Caregiver Program. It counts towards the work requirement for either of these two new pathways.
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