Government of Canada removes processing fee to hire foreign caregivers
January 9, 2018 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada
When live-in caregiving is more affordable for Canadians who need it most, families can spend less time worrying about finances and more time with their loved ones.
That’s why today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced the elimination of the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) processing fee for middle class families seeking to hire foreign caregivers for children, and all families seeking caregivers for individuals requiring assistance due to a physical or mental condition.
Achieving the Minister’s mandate letter commitment to eliminate the $1000 LMIA processing fee for certain families and individuals will support those most in need of financial assistance to meet their family caregiving needs and responsibilities.
“Our government knows that Canadians deserve better access to care for their loved ones. Waiving the LMIA fee will help put care within reach of more Canadian families.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
To provide financial relief to families or individuals seeking to hire foreign caregivers, the Government of Canada is eliminating the $1000 per position LMIA fee for the following two groups:
individuals seeking to hire foreign caregivers to provide in-home support for themselves or for another individual (for example, mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, friend), who requires assistance due to a physical or mental condition; and
families or individuals with less than $150,000 in gross annual household income seeking to hire foreign caregivers to provide childcare in their home to a child or children under 13 years of age.
In April 2017, the Government of Canada set a path forward for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, including fulfilling its commitment to better protect vulnerable foreign workers. This included a commitment to work with community organizations devoted to protecting vulnerable temporary foreign workers to ensure they are informed of their rights and protections when they arrive in Canada.
To qualify for the LMIA processing fee exemption for individuals requiring assistance due to a physical or mental condition, a medical certificate from a treating medical practitioner attesting to their condition will be required at the time the application is submitted.