Canadian employers looking to hire Caregivers for their children or family members with disabilities will now be exempt from paying the application fee of CAD$1,000.

The Government of Canada just came out with new rules which apply fo families who earn less than CAD$150,000 a year and are looking to hire Caregivers.

The old Caregiver program was predominantly Filipino, with workers coming from all over the world to work long hours for minimum wage and the promise of the opportunity to apply for Permanent Residency.

Canadian families looking to hire a Caregiver for someone with a physical or mental illness will also be exempt from paying the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) fee.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) said in a statement that “the LMIA processing fee can create a barrier to receiving the caregiver support that they require. Having access to a caregiver may also allow those hiring the caregiver to return to or increase their participation in the workforce. Families that do not require care for persons who are incapable of caring for themselves due to a physical or mental condition or are earning $150,000 or more and seeking caregivers to provide childcare should be in a position to pay the $1,000 LMIA processing fee to hire caregivers to provide care in their home without creating undue financial hardship.”

The Government of Canada expects over 3,000 Canadian families to benefit from the exemption, with more than 800 being further exempted from paying the LMIA fee.

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