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Application Form for Applicants

Who are Not Canadian Citizens or

Permanent Residents of Canada

Thank you for your interest in L’Arche Communities in Canada. 

L’Arche Canada has welcomed Assistants from around the world and we have valued the richness and diversity international Assistants have brought to our communities.  Please be aware that it has become more difficult over the years for our communities to welcome international Assistants due to restrictions in Canadian immigration visa regulations.

Please review the following before completing an application.

International Applicants are responsible for their own visa and travel cost

  • Applicants must be proficient in English or French (written and spoken)
  • We often recommend that international applicants first gain an experience of serving in a L’Arche community in or near their home country or elsewhere within L’Arche international before their application would be considered in Canada.
  • As a live-in Assistant, you will typically live with 5-7 other people in a home.
  • Our model integrates living and working and therefore, responsibilities extend beyond typical workplace hours with personal time built into the structure of each day.
  • Assistants support Core Members (persons with intellectual disabilities) with personal care and support in daily activities.
  • You will be expected to do a share of the housework including: cooking, cleaning, laundry, and shopping.
  • All L’Arche communities have a spiritual dimension.  We expect Assistants to be open to and supportive of each other’s spirituality and our community practices.
  • Community life in L’Arche will include attending community meetings, events, trainings, and formations.

Please have your CV or Resume ready as you will be asked to upload your CV or Resume as the final step of completing the application form.  Applications without a CV or resume will not be accepted

Miss, Ms., Mrs., Mr. *
Firstname *
Last name *
Address *
Phone number *
Email address *
Skype name
What is your ideal start date? *

 Applications are accepted  4-5 months in advance of ideal start date.

What language(s) do you speak? *


Basic English
Intermediate English
Fluent English


Basic French
Intermediate French
Fluent French

How did you hear about L'Arche *
Facebook or other social media
Friend or relative
Book / Journal / other print material
Internet search

For how long would you like to be an Assistant? *

Note that we only accept international applicants who are willing to commit for a full one year.  Applications for less than one year will not be accepted.

Geographic of community preferences

Often, the L’Arche Canada Recruitment Coordinator will match candidates with a location based on need and timing.  Please list any geographic or community preferences below, and indicate reasons for your preference.

Are you willing to go where you are most needed? *


What attracts you to the Assistant role? *
Why do you think you would be a good Assistant? *
Why are you interested in L’Arche in Canada? *
Do you have a valid driver’s licence? *

How long have you been driving? *
What type of driver’s license do you have? *
Have you ever spent time in or been part of a L’Arche community? *
Yes – as a visitor
Yes – as a volunteer
Yes – as an assistant

If yes, please indicate the name of the community, dates, and the nature of your experience in the box provided.

Do we have your permission to contact the community where you spent time?

Not applicable

Upload your résumé *

Please provide your CV. Only Word, PDF, TXT, RTF or XLS files will be accepted.

Is there anything else you would like us to know about your background or application that will help us assess if you are a suitable candidate for L’Arche Canada?