In this guide, you'll learn how to use the caregiver program as a stepping stone to make your Canadian dream come
In this guide, you'll learn how to use the caregiver program as a stepping stone to make your Canadian dream come
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A lot of Filipinos dream of getting a job in Canada and later on, bringing their families with them and building a life in one of the most accommodating countries to Filipinos.
Currently, Filipinos are the third-largest Asian group working and residing in Canada, next to Indians and Chinese. On the other hand, Filipinos are the largest group of immigrants in Canada coming from Southeast Asia.
One of the most popular and fastest ways to become a permanent resident in Canada is through caregiver programs. In this guide, you’ll learn how to use the caregiver program as a stepping stone to make your Canadian dream come true.
Table of Contents
- How much is the salary of a caregiver in Canada?
- Caregiver Program in Canada for Filipinos: Quick Overview and New Updates.
- How to Become a Caregiver in Canada: 9 Steps.
- 1. Know the basic qualifications you need to become a caregiver in Canada.
- 2. Enroll in an accredited caregiver school.
- 3. Get the necessary work experience.
- 4. Look and apply for a caregiver job in Canada.
- 5. Review the specific details of your employment.
- 6. Apply for a work permit.
- 7. Prepare for your departure.
- 8. Gain 2 years of caregiver work experience.
- 9. Apply for permanent residency.
- Tips and Warnings.
- Frequently Asked Questions.
How much is the salary of a caregiver in Canada?
According to Job Bank of Canada, the following are the median salaries (presented here as hourly rates) of Home Child Care Providers, Home Support Workers, Housekeepers, and other similar occupations:
1. Home Child Care Providers.
For Home Child Care Providers, the national median is C$12.96. These are the median salaries per city or province:
- British Columbia: C$14.00
- Ontario: C$14.00
- Manitoba: C$12.50
- Saskatchewan: C$13.51
- New Brunswick: C$12.50
- Newfoundland and Labrador: C$13.33
- Prince Edward Island: n/a
- Alberta: C$15.00
- Northwest Territories: n/a
- Quebec: C$14.11
- Nova Scotia: n/a
- Nunavut: n/a
- Yukon Territory: n/a
2. Home Support Workers.
For Home Support Workers, housekeepers, and other similar occupations, the national median is significantly higher at C$15.80. These are the median salaries per city or province:
- New Brunswick: C$13.40
- Newfoundland and Labrador: C$15.05
- Prince Edward Island: C$16.50
- Manitoba: C$14.50
- Quebec: C$14.50
- Ontario: C$16.50
- Alberta: C$17.31
- Saskatchewan: C$17.00
- British Columbia: C$18.00
- Nova Scotia: C$17.88
- Yukon: C$19.89
- Northwest Territories: C$19.10
- Nunavut: C$22.76
Although the average salaries vary across the country, caregivers in Canada are generally well-compensated.
Factors that may increase or decrease your take-home pay include your qualifications, taxes/deductions in your payslip, different pays for holidays/overtime hours, the living expenses in the area, and the type of caregiving work you’ll render, among others.
Caregiver Program in Canada for Filipinos: Quick Overview and New Updates.
1. Old Caregiver Program.
The Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) was first introduced back in 1992. The following work experience qualifications must be fulfilled in order to be eligible for permanent residency through the Live-In Caregiver Program:
- 24 months of full-time and authorized live-in employment
- 3,900 hours of authorized full-time employment
- Relevant work experience must be acquired within four years from the date of arrival in Canada
As of May 2017, the Live-In Caregiver Program is already closed for new applicants. Two new pilot permanent residency programs for caregivers have been introduced to replace the old one.
2. New Caregiver Programs.
In June of 2019, Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced two new pilot programs for caregivers in Canada: the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker. The application for these 5-year caregiver programs officially opened on June 18, 2019.
Each of the two pilot programs will accept a maximum of 2,750 applicants (or a total of 5,500 applicants) per year, plus the caregivers’ immediate family. The initial batch of applicants should expect up to 12 months of processing time.
Home child care providers are caregivers with training or experience in caring for children on a short-term or ongoing basis as a babysitter, nanny, parent’s helper, child care provider in a private home, or as a child care live-in caregiver.
Home support workers, on the other hand, are caregivers tasked with providing care and companionship for seniors, persons with disabilities, and convalescent clients. They usually have a wide range of experience working as a respite worker, personal care attendant, housekeeper, or live-in caregiver for a senior client.
The following benefits are given to caregivers under the new pilot programs:
- Open Work Permits, which will enable workers to change employers since the work permit will be job-specific and not employer-specific.
- Elimination of the Labor Market Impact Assessment or LMIA
- Work and Study Permits for the Caregiver’s Immediate Family Members (Spouse and Dependent Children)
- Issuance of Caregiver-specific Work Permits instead of the usual Employer-specific Work Permits
In order to be eligible for the new pilot caregiver programs, applicants must have a legitimate job offer in Canada and must meet the standard criteria for economic immigration programs.
Caregivers can apply for permanent residency after gaining 2 years of relevant Canadian work experience.
Applicants must meet the following requirements before applying to the new caregiver pilot programs:
- Canadian Language Benchmark 5 Language Level
- Completed One Year of Canadian Post-Secondary Education (or its foreign equivalent, to be assessed through ECA or Educational Credential Assessment)
If you wish to apply for the new caregiver programs, you can just follow the standard procedure for getting work permits but specify under which program you’re applying. The only difference is you’ll also be able to apply for work permits for your immediate family members.
3. Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Applicants who don’t meet the requirements for the new caregiver programs (namely, Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots) can still come to Canada, albeit temporarily.
You may work as a caregiver in Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker if you meet at least one of the following qualifications:
- you’re already in Canada and eligible to apply for a work permit from inside Canada
- you’ll be working in Quebec
- you’re not in Canada but your employer already applied for an LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment) before June 18, 2019. If the LMIA was submitted on or after June 18, 2019 with the intention of bringing you to Canada to work outside Quebec, the Canadian immigration will not be able to issue you a work permit
Unlike the new caregiver programs discussed previously, employers need to obtain a positive LMIA first in order for the caregiver to work in Canada.
Now, if you’re already working in Canada under the TFW program with an employer-specific work permit that is about to expire, you can still continue working and keep your status by applying to extend your permit. In order for your extension request to be granted, your employer needs to get another positive LMIA.
Once your work permit is extended, you can use it as an opportunity to gain relevant experience that will qualify you to apply for either of the two new caregiver programs.
4. Interim Pathway for Caregivers.
There’s another way for Filipino caregivers to become permanent residents and it’s called the Interim Pathway for Caregivers. This program only applies to eligible in-home temporary foreign worker caregivers who arrived in Canada after November 30, 2014.
There are no limits to the number of applications that will be accepted. It was originally announced that the deadline for the submission of applications is only until June 4, 2019. However, the program re-opened and started accepting applications again on July 8, 2019. The extended application period lasted for three months.
Here’s a list of eligibility requirements for the Interim Pathway for Caregivers:
- A Work Permit (other than the Live-in Caregiver Program Work Permit)
- Submitted a renewal application for a Work Permit (other than an LCP Work Permit)
- Eligible for Restoration of Status
- Must have a language skill of at Least a CLB/NCL 5 in English or French
- Has completed 12 months of full-time work experience as a caregiver in Canada since November 30, 2014
- Must have foreign credentials equivalent to a Canadian High School Diploma or non-Canadian Educational Diploma (must undergo an Educational Credential Assessment or ECA)
If you haven’t obtained an ECA before the deadline of applications for the Interim Pathway for Caregivers, you can still be eligible as long as you’ll provide a proof that you have applied for an ECA. This proof should be in the form of a written confirmation from the agency that you have submitted a request for an ECA or a receipt of payment for the request.
It must be noted that Filipino caregivers who were under the Live-in Caregiver Program will not be eligible to apply for the Interim Pathway for Caregivers.
How to Become a Caregiver in Canada: 9 Steps.
1. Know the basic qualifications you need to become a caregiver in Canada.
Before applying to caregiver jobs in Canada, you must first check if you possess all the requirements needed to be eligible for a Canadian work permit for caregivers.
These are the main qualifications that you should meet in order to be considered for a caregiver job in Canada:
- High School Diploma and 72 College Units (it’s the equivalent of Canadian high school education)
- Relevant work experience (i.e., child care or household management experience if you’re applying for the Home child care provider pilot OR home management experience if you’re applying for the Home support worker pilot) may be required
- A valid passport (if it’s expiring soon, renew it before submitting your application)
- A caregiver course certificate from a TESDA-accredited caregiver school (if you have no work experience yet)
- A written employment contract between you and the employer
- Ability to understand, speak, and write either English or French (those two are the official languages of Canada)
- A certification proving that you have been trained to provide first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (may be required if you’re applying for the new caregiver pilot programs)
- A positive LMIA or Labor Market Impact Assessment (only if the caregiver will work in Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program)
In case you’re wondering, there’s no age limit requirement for caregivers in Canada. It’s the employer who will decide the age of the caregiver he or she is going to hire although preference will, of course, be given to applicants who still have the stamina to do the job.
2. Enroll in an accredited caregiver school.
If you don’t have the required caregiver diploma yet, there are so many caregiver schools in the Philippines that you can enroll in.
There are several things that you should look for in a caregiver school.
First, make sure that it’s accredited by DepEd and/or TESDA. You can also check how a school performs when it comes to caregiver license exams and TESDA assessment exams. Some schools also offer TESDA scholarships so you can study for free.
Another thing to consider is the duration of the course. As much as possible, choose a caregiver school with a 6-month full-time training in a classroom setting (excluding the duration of OJTs and practicum).
Some of the courses available for caregivers are Caregiving NCII, Caretaker, Care Provision, Household Services NCII, Housekeeping NCII, and Health Care Services NCII.
The duration of these caregiver courses is around 6 months to 1 year. Students will be trained to properly provide care for infants, children, people with special needs, and senior citizens.
These are some of the TESDA-accredited caregiver schools around Metro Manila with their location, available caregiver courses, and duration of the courses:
- Adamson University (San Marcelino St., Manila) – Caregiving NCII (6 months)
- AMA Computer College (Sta. Mesa, Manila) – Caregiving NCII (6 months), Health Care Services NCII (1 year)
- Asia Pacific Caregiver & Healthcare Training Center, Inc. (EDSA, Quezon City) – Caregiving NCII (978 hours), Care Provision (100 hours), Health Care Services NCII (996 hours), Household Services NCII (216 hours)
- Asia Best Career Training Center (Shaw Blvd., Pasig City) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours)
- Asian Caregiving and Technology Education Centers Inc. (Cubao, Quezon City & Calaanan East, Quezon City) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours), Health Care Services NCII (996 hours), Housekeeping NCII (436 hours), Household Services NCII (216 hours)
- Asian College of Science and Technology Foundation, Inc. (Project 3, Quezon City) – Caregiving NCII (978 hours), Health Care Services NCII (996 hours)
- Carenet Healthcare Institute, Inc. (Brgy. San Antonio, Makati City) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours)
- Central Colleges of the Philippines, Inc. (Aurora Blvd., Quezon City) – Caregiving NCII (978 hours), Health Care Services NCII (1079 hours)
- Colegio de Sta. Teresa de Avila Foundation Inc. (Novaliches, Quezon City) – Caregiving NCII (978 hours), Housekeeping NCII (436 hours)
- College of the Holy Spirit of Manila (Mendiola, Manila) – Caregiving NCII (6 months)
- College of St. Catherine Quezon City Inc. (Novaliches, Quezon City) – Caregiving NCII (978 hours), Housekeeping NCII (436 hours), Health Care Services NCII (996 hours)
- De Ocampo Memorial College Inc. (Sta. Mesa, Manila) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours)
- Delos Santos-STI College, Inc. (E. Rodriquez, Quezon City) – Caregiving NCII (978 hours), Housekeeping NCII (436 hours)
- Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College, Inc. (Tandang Sora, Quezon City) – Caregiving NCII (978 hours), Housekeeping NCII (356 hours)
- Fine International Training and Assessment Center, Inc. (Cembo, Makati City) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours)
- Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Colleges of Caybiga, Inc. (Caybiga, Caloocan City) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours), Health Care Services NCII (996 hours)
- Manila Tytana Colleges, Inc. (President Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours)
- MCC Peoplecare Training Center (San Lorenzo, Makati City) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours)
- Metropolitan Medical Center College of Arts, Science, and Technology (Sta. Cruz, Manila) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours)
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig (Kapasigan, Pasig City) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours), Health Care Services NCII (996 hours)
- Pasig Catholic College, Inc. (Molino, Pasig City) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours),
- Philippine Women’s University (Taft Avenue, Manila) – Certificate in Caregiving NCII (6 months)
- PSAA International Academy, Inc. (Pandacan, Manila) – Caregiving NCII (6 months), Caretaker (150 hours)
- San Juan Manpower and Livelihood Training Center (N. Domingo St., San Juan) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours)
- St. Augustine School of Nursing (Lagro, Quezon City) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours)
- St. Mary’s College (Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City) – Health Care Services NCII (1079 hours)
- St. Paul University, Inc. (Cubao, Quezon City) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours)
- St. Chamuel Institute of Technology, Inc. (San Nicolas, Pasig City) – Caregiving NCII (786 hours), Health Care Services NCII (996 hours)
- Unciano Colleges and General Hospital (Sta. Mesa, Manila) – Caregiving NCII (6 months)
- World City College, Inc. (Cubao, Quezon City) – Caregiving NCII (978 hours), Health Care Services NCII (996 hours)
When applying to your preferred caregiver school, make sure to prepare the following documents:
- NSO/PSA Birth Certificate
- 1×1 and 2×2 pictures
- Certificate of Good Moral Character
- High School or College Diploma
- Form 137 or Certified True Copy of Transcript of Records
Some schools may also ask for a police clearance and a medical certificate.
Upon completing a caregiving course, you’ll have to take the National Competency Assessment Exam. After passing the exam, you’ll be issued a National Certificate II in Caregiving which you can use when applying for caregiver jobs in Canada.
3. Get the necessary work experience.
After completing a caregiver course, you can choose to get relevant work experience while looking for a caregiver job in Canada.
Work experience, although not explicitly mentioned as one of the requirements in both of the new caregiver programs, will definitely give you an advantage over other applicants who don’t have one.
Choose a job that will let you perform the duties and responsibilities of a caregiver so you’ll be better equipped when you start working in Canada. For the Home child care provider pilot, experience in child care or household management may be required. Meanwhile, the Home support worker pilot, which hires caregivers that will deal with seniors and persons with disabilities, may require applicants to have home management experience.
You also have to make sure that you’ll be given an employment certificate after finishing your contract. At least 12 months of relevant work experience is included in the list of qualifications for Filipino caregivers who wish to apply for a Canadian work permit.
4. Look and apply for a caregiver job in Canada.
Finding a caregiver job is the most difficult part of this whole process.
In order to get employed as a caregiver in Canada, you must look for an employer who’s willing to go through the long and tedious process of securing a work permit for you. The employer should also be able to wait for your arrival since the process can take up to several months or even more than a year.
You can do this with the help of recruitment agencies in the Philippines. Please make sure that you’ll choose an agency which has a valid POEA License. You can check the complete list of POEA-licensed agencies here.
Although it’s not a requirement to go through an agency to look for possible caregiver jobs in Canada, it can be of great help to you and make the whole process easier.
If you don’t feel the need to get an agency to do all the job hunting for you, you can always look online. The best way to find legitimate caregiver jobs is through the Job Bank of Canada. Employers also post job ads in Workopolis and Indeed. Posting jobs on these websites is actually one of the requirements for employers when they’re hiring foreign workers.
To discover more options, you can check out Facebook groups or online forums of Filipino caregivers living in Canada. You’ll find a lot of helpful information there and even talk online to Filipino workers in Canada. They can give you a lot of tips and effective methods to secure a caregiver job in Canada.
5. Review the specific details of your employment.
Once you successfully find an employer who’s willing to do all the necessary paperwork and processes to hire you, you’re finally one step closer towards working in Canada.
Discuss all the necessary details with your employer, like the following:
- Salary. Do some research and verify if the salary that you’re being offered falls within the required wage for your occupation. The amount of workload and living expenses at your employment location should also be considered.
- Living Conditions. Discuss with your employer if the job requires you to reside at your patient’s home or just living near them would be enough.
- Duties and Responsibilities. This is an important detail to discuss with your employer before starting the visa application process. You should know all the duties and responsibilities that come with your job. Ask for clarifications if there are some things about the job that is somewhat unclear.
- Contract Terms. Once you and your employer reached an agreement, an employment contract will be drafted. You should go over every detail in the contract and discuss further with your employer if there are errors or if something should be changed or reassessed.
While finalizing the employment details with your employer from Canada, you can also take the time to prepare the fee needed for the work permit:
- VISA Application Fee – C$155 or P6, 110.03 (as of 2019)
6. Apply for a work permit.
There are two ways to submit your application for a work permit in Canada:
- Online – You’ll have to use a computer, printer, scanner, and photo editor in order to send your application online. If you’re skilled when it comes to filling out and sending applications online, then you can choose this method.
- On Paper – This method is easier and more straightforward. You’ll only need to download the application form, print it, and fill it out completely and legibly. There’s an Instruction Guide (IMM 5487) that you should thoroughly read before filling out the application form.
The following is a checklist of all the forms that you’ll have to download, fill out, and submit when applying for a work permit in Canada:
- Application for Work Permit Made Outside of Canada (IMM 1295)
- Authority to Release Personal Information (IMM 5475), only if applicable
- Certificat d’Acceptation du Quebec (CAQ), only if applicable
- Document Checklist (IMM 5488)
- Family Information (IMM 5465)
- Schedule 1 – Application for Temporary Resident Visa (IMM 5257 – Schedule 1)
- Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM 5409)
- Use of a Representative (IMM 5476), only if applicable
The following additional documents will also be requested from you upon application:
- Certificate from TESDA-accredited Caregiver School
- Certificate of Employment (of relevant work experience)
- Diploma (High School or College)
- Employment Contract (with the employer from Canada)
- Employment References
- Labor Market Impact Assessment or LMIA
- Letter to Canadian Family
- Marriage Certificate (if married)
- National Certificate II in Caregiving or related course from TESDA
- NBI Certificate (original copy)
- NSO/PSA Birth Certificate (original copy)
- Police Clearance
- Printed Copy of your Passport’s Bio-data Page
- Proof of Payment (of the Processing Fees)
- Transcript of Records
- Two Photos (should meet the VISA specifications)
- Valid Passport (original copy)
You can submit your visa application through VFS Global since it manages the Canada Visa Application Centres in the country. You have the option to submit your visa application either in person or through a courier.
VFS Global has offices in Manila and Cebu. You can submit your application with documents at the following addresses:
1. Manila – VFS Services Phils. Pvt. Inc.
Mezzanine Floor Ecoplaza Bldg., Chino Roces Ave. Ext.
Makati City 1231, Philippines
2. Cebu – VFS Services Phils. Pvt. Inc.
9F Keppel Center Unit 905 Samar Loop cor. Cardinal Rosales Ave.,
Cebu Business Park
Cebu City 6000, Philippines
Although the processing times always vary and caregiver applicants still have several processes to go through, here are the expected processing times for visa application as of March 2017:
- Temporary Work Permit – 8 weeks
- Temporary Resident Visa – 10 days
7. Prepare for your departure.
Once you have received your working visa and you’re all set to start your life in Canada for the next two or more years, these are the things that you must accomplish preferably at least two months before leaving the country:
- Buy your plane ticket. Purchase your plane ticket as soon as you know your departure date. You can also talk with your travel agent and ask for all the possible fares and schedules so you’ll have time to think about your options. You can also reserve early through your travel agent and just pay later. Check if you can get discounted fares for first-time immigrants since you’ll be purchasing a one-way ticket to Canada. Such discounted rates won’t be applicable to round-trip tickets.
- Plan your connecting flights. There’s a big chance that you’ll have connecting flights from your port of entry to your employment location. You have to make sure that you’ll have enough time between your flights. It’s ideal to have at least 5 hours between your time of arrival at the port of entry and the time of departure of your connecting flight. First-time immigrants will go through an immigration process, including an interview, so it’s important to have a lot of time allowance.
- Attend POEA Seminars. OFWs are required to attend POEA seminars before leaving the country. The Pre-Departure Seminar or PDOS is free of charge and will only last for around two hours. The seminar will discuss a lot of important things that OFWs must know before leaving the country. You’ll be briefed on what to expect upon reaching the country where you’ll work. You’ll also learn the necessary do’s and don’ts when working in a foreign country. You’ll learn how to reach all the necessary government hotlines and agencies that will help you if you have concerns and emergencies during your employment abroad. You will also be briefed on different issues that you might face and how to address them.
- Get your Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC). After completing the Pre-Departure Seminar, you’ll be issued an OEC or Overseas Employment Certificate. This certificate exempts you from paying the P1,620 travel tax and airport terminal fees. Every time you come back to the Philippines, you have to always present your OEC. You can also get OECs from your country of employment.
- Get insurance coverage. Recruitment agencies are required by law to ensure that Filipino workers to be deployed abroad have insurance. You should be insured for the whole duration of your employment abroad. It must be noted that insurance fees should be shouldered by your agency.
- Apply for Pag-IBIG and PhilHealth Memberships (Mandatory for OFWs). It’s mandatory for OFWs to apply for Pag-IBIG and PhilHealth memberships. Even if you have previously applied for these memberships, you’ll have to apply again since you’ll be under OFW classification this time. These memberships include a lot of benefits that will help you provide medical and financial support for your family. You can even get multi-purpose loans from these memberships, as well as enjoy multiple PhilHealth benefits. You should prepare at least P2,000 per year for the membership fees.
- Attend the Canadian Orientation Abroad Seminar or COA. This seminar is regularly conducted by the Canadian government with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It’s usually held at the Citibank Tower in Makati. This seminar is also free of charge and talks mainly about the things that you should and shouldn’t expect when adjusting to work and life in a foreign country.
- Get your LTO License and Driving Record Certified. If you plan on driving in Canada, you have to get an LTO Certification on your driving record and it must be notarized by the Department of Foreign Affairs. If you fail to accomplish this document, it will result in a full year of driving only with a Learner’s Permit or Student Driver Permit. You’ll only be allowed to take a driver’s license exam in Canada after a year of residence.
8. Gain 2 years of caregiver work experience.
Once you have arrived in Canada, the only thing that you have to do is successfully complete at least two years of relevant work experience. You can take this time to adjust to life in Canada, hone all of your skills, improve your English or French language skills, form new friendships, and develop a work-life balance.
Once you have worked for two years, you’ll be eligible to apply for the permanent residency program.
9. Apply for permanent residency.
Caregivers who will be accepted into the new pilot programs (i.e., Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker) will have access to a direct pathway towards permanent residency. After getting two years of work experience in Canada, accepted applicants can apply for permanent residency.
Caregivers with a work permit who were already working in Canada at the time of the new programs’ implementation can also apply for permanent residency through the new pilot programs.
In order to be eligible for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot, you must have work experience in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 4411 (excluding foster parents). On the other hand, you must have work experience in NOC 4412 (excluding housekeepers) in order to be eligible for permanent residence through the Home Support Worker Pilot.
Applications for permanent residence under the new pilot programs will have a 6-month processing time.
Tips and Warnings.
1. Build a good relationship with your employer.
It’s important to establish a great working environment not just for you but for your patient, too. You can achieve this by having good relations with your employer. You must maintain a high level of trust and respect between you and your employer. If you can, try not to be a total stranger while still keeping your relationship professional.
2. Before signing contracts, make sure to inspect every detail and ask for clarifications if needed.
While filling out forms, signing contracts, and authorizing agreements of any kind, review and double-check everything before finalizing things. If you’re not confident enough, you can ask for help from your trusted friends or fellow workers. Never sign anything without making sure that you won’t be put into any kind of trouble or disadvantage.
3. Prepare for Canada’s weather.
Canada’s weather is one of the biggest challenges for Filipino caregivers. It can be extremely hot or cold in that country. During winter, the temperature could go as low as negative 30 degrees Celsius. You have to make sure to prepare all the necessary clothing before winter comes.
4. Prepare for high taxes.
Taxes in Canada are very high, although not that much higher from the current taxes in the Philippines. Around 20-30% of tax will be deducted from your salary, depending on your income bracket. An additional 15% tax comes with buying goods.
Although the taxes in Canada are high, the benefits are exceptional. Aside from giving out child tax incentives, health care and education are free in Canada.
5. Be patient all the time.
Patience is indeed a virtue and you can use this trait to get through hardships you might face while working in Canada as a caregiver. You’ll be taking care of babies, children, senior citizens, or persons with special needs; so being patient can go a long way.
Frequently Asked Questions.
1. What are the possible visa application problems that Filipino caregivers might face?
Once you have applied for a working visa/work permit, there are only three possible outcomes: your application will be approved, refused, or returned.
If it’s approved, you’ll be authorized to work in Canada as a caregiver.
If your application is refused, it means that you don’t meet all the visa requirements. Your application can be refused if you haven’t attained the required level of education, years of relevant working experience, or required language skills.
Your application can also be refused due to criminal or medical reasons. Processing fees won’t be refunded if a visa application is refused.
If your application is returned, it only means that you did not submit all the required documents. It could also mean that the visa program that you have applied for has already reached its quota. A returned visa entitles you to a full refund of all the processing fees that you have paid.
2. Does getting a job as a caregiver guarantee a permanent residency in Canada?
No, getting a job as a caregiver does not automatically guarantee that you’ll also become a permanent resident in Canada. It will just give you a chance to gain work experience and useful skills to prepare you for your application.
You must first meet all the qualifications required by the permanent residency program you’re applying for. It’s a common misconception among Filipinos that becoming a caregiver in Canada is an instant way to become a permanent resident.
However, becoming a caregiver is one of the best and fastest ways to get a permanent residency in Canada. You just have to make sure that you’ll meet the usual requirements like getting at least 2 years of relevant work experience and the required language skills, among others.
3. What are the kinds of patients that caregivers in Canada usually handle?
In Canada, caregivers provide services to senior citizens, infants, young children, and persons with special needs. You can also work in nursing homes or shelters. A lot of caregivers also live with their patients, depending on their needs and state of health.
The majority of caregiving patients are senior citizens. Some of them need a lot of support in their daily routines, while some just need a companion so they won’t get lonely or depressed.
4. What it’s like to work as a caregiver in Canada?
A lot of aspiring caregivers wonder what life is like in Canada for Filipino caregivers. Just like any situation, there are positive and negative aspects when it comes to a Filipino caregiver’s working situation in Canada.
The amount of workload varies per job but some of them can be too overwhelming for a person. However, if a job has a lot of workloads, it’s usually a high-paying one.
Although the job can be too physically demanding and mentally tiring at times, it can also be fulfilling and rewarding when they see that they’re not just providing care, but actually making a difference in the lives of their patients.
Go back to the main article: How to Get a Job in Canada: A Filipino’s Ultimate Job-Hunting Guide