How to Apply as a Caregiver in Canada?
Are Your Credentials Sufficient?

You heard your friend and his family migrated to Canada. Five years ago, your sister’s co-worker also decided to work in the country. She’s now a permanent resident. You also wish for a quality life for your family; thus, you want to work and live in Canada as a caregiver. But your question is: How to apply as a caregiver in Canada? Where should you start? Credential assessment. 

Why is credential assessment important?

Credential assessment should be your very first step if you plan to work in Canada. This helps determine if your credentials  – education, work experience and others – match the standards required for Canadian workers. This will let you know if you need to upgrade your skills or education or get a Canadian work experience.

What steps should you take?

  1. Visit Job Bank to create a job market report. Here, you will know the information relevant to the job – description, main duties, skills required, hourly wages, and others.
  2. Go to the CICIC website and check the directory of occupational profiles. Read the profiles of the job you are interested in.
  3. Determine the requirements for licensing, certification or registration for caregivers in the territory or province you plan to live in. Compare those with your qualifications, including the language skills, then plan your next actions to meet the requirements.
  4. Go to the regulatory body or apprenticeship authority to have your credentials assessed. At this stage, you will know what to do next and if you can already apply for a license or certificate even before you leave your country. This is another important step on how to apply as a caregiver in Canada.
  5. Gather all the documents that will be your proofs of work experience, professional training, and educational record. You will need all of these to allow the assessor, potential employers, and others to interpret your qualifications.
  6. Check the list of approved assessment agencies and have your credentials evaluated by one of them – even if the licensing process does not require this. It lets employers know the level of your training compared to the people trained in Canada.

After the credential assessment, the next step will be to check your eligibility. See general eligibility requirements and eligibility requirements if you apply from your home country. Applying for a work permit is next. At this stage, you have to ask a copy of the positive LMIA from your employer.

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