Employment contract
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Employment contract

Since November 30, 2014, the federal government has made major changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), recently renamed Canada’s Caregiver Program. For more information on the program, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.


The employment contract is a legal document to establish the terms of the employment contract when a in-home caregiver is hired.



The employment contract binding a in-home caregiver and an employer includes the following:

  • Duration of contract
  • Employee's place of work
  • Description of the residence and its occupants
  • Job description
  • Work schedule
  • Wages and other conditions
  • Living conditions
  • Transportation costs
  • Recruitment fees
  • Obligations of the employer

The employee and the employer may agree on working conditions that exceed those stipulated in the Act respecting labour standards.

The employee and the employer are each responsible for respecting the terms of the employment contract that they sign.

Learning French

The Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration requires of the employer a commitment to the foreign worker to facilitate her access to French courses outside working hours. In accordance with this requirement stated in the employment contract, the employer must support her apprenticeship of French by avoiding changes to her work schedule or by adjusting it to the course schedule. It is important for the worker to discuss this issue with her employer upon arrival in Québec.

Terminating the employment contract

Before terminating the employment contract, the employee must give her employer in writing, at least one week's notice. She must also inform the Ministère in writing.

If the employee has worked at least three months for an employer, the employer must, as stated in the employment contract, give her in writing, at least one week's notice before terminating the employment contract. If the employee has worked continuously for at least one year for the employer, notice must be given at least two weeks before terminating the contract. The employer must also give written notice of contract termination to the Ministère and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).



The employment contract is a legal document. Read it carefully before signing.

Find out about provisions of the act concerning live-in caregivers by reading the document entitled Labour standards in Québec and domestics residing with their employer (PDF, 1201 Kb), prepared by the Commission des normes du travail.



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