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Applying work permit for In-home Caregiver (Toronto)

Dear all,

our family is about to relocate from Singapore to Toronto (or nearby cities Mississauga or Oakville). I am an entrepreneur and since I have irregular working hours and I am travelling as well, we wish to bring our Filipino domestic helper with us, who could take care of our kids while we are working or travelling. She has been with us for the past 8 years already so she is like 'an adopted' family member.

I wish to learn more about the her work application process itself. So if there is anyone who have applied to work permit for In-home Caregiver, please let me know.
Can we only apply the work permit for her only when we have already relocated there or what are the prerequisites?
Do we need to have an apartment rented/bought before we can apply for the WP for her?
How long does the application process take?

Many thanks!

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