Information for Domestic Workers and their Employers


There are a number of specific regulations that apply to domestic workers and their employers in British Columbia.

*** Employers are required to register domestic workers.

Questions regarding the Live-In Caregiver Program should be addressed to the federal government. The Employment Standards Branch is not involved with the application and processing of requests for live-in caregivers. Employers must comply with all federal requirements as well as the Employment Standards Act and Regulation. The Employment Standards Branch is not involved with the enforcement of federal requirements.

If you have specific questions, please contact the Employment Standards Branch of the Ministry of Labour.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a crime in Canada.

A person may be presumed to be a trafficked person when they:

  • Are forced to work or provide services they do not want to do;
  • Are working for little or no pay under poor conditions;
  • Have lost control and access to their passport and identification documents;
  • Have restrictions on where they can go and what they can do.

For more information, contact the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP)
Toll free number: 1-888-712-7974

Website: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/victims-of-crime/human-trafficking

Bullying and Harassment

WorkSafe BC addresses occupational health and safety issues, including bullying and harassment.

Harassment or discrimination based on things such as sex, race, religion, physical or mental disability and family status fall under the Human Rights Act