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Caregiver Pilot Program

If you like to care about children and senior citizens, we like to take care of your immigration goals through the Caregiver Pilot Program.

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Caregiver Pilot Program for Support Workers

Canada has two caregiver pilot programs introduced in 2019 to help foreign nationals who work as caregivers become permanent residents of Canada. These programs are:

  1. Home Child Care Provider Pilot
  2. Home Support Worker Pilot

Home Child Care Provider Pilot (NOC 44100)

This program is designed for foreign nationals whowork in Canada as caregivers for children under the age of 18.

Successful applicants under this program will begranted an occupation-restricted closed work permit.

This pilot program does not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

After completing 2 years* of work experience as a home child care provider, they may be eligible to apply for permanent residence. If the candidate has recently worked as a home childcare provider or support worker, your experience may count towards your eligibility for permanent residence.

*Note: The amount of work experience in Canada required for a caregiver to qualify for permanent residence is being reduced from 24 months to 12 months. The change will be effective as of April 30, 2023,and will be retrospective for caregivers who have already applied. Learn more.

Home Support Worker Pilot (NOC 44101)

This program is designed for foreign nationals whowork in Canada as caregivers for seniors or persons with disabilities.

Successful applicants under this program will begranted an occupation-restricted closed work permit.

This pilot program does not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Successful applicants under this program will be granted an occupation-restricted closed work permit.

After completing 2 years* of work experience as a home child care provider, they may be eligible to apply for permanent residence. If the candidate has recently worked as a home childcare provider or support worker, your experience may count towards your eligibility for permanent residence.

*Note: The amount of work experience in Canada required for a caregiver to qualify for permanent residence is being reduced from 24 months to 12 months. The change will be effective as of April 30, 2023,and will be retrospective for caregivers who have already applied. Learn more.

Eligibility

Education
  • Canadian 1-year post-secondary (orhigher) educational credential or
  • foreign educational credential equivalent to the above and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report
Language requirement
  • CLB level 5
Qualifying Canadian work experience
  • The assessment will take place either.
    • upfront in their initial permanent resident application (for Category B) or
    • after the issuance of an occupation-restricted open work permit (OROWP) through one of these pilots (for Category A).
  • Category A (Gaining experience) – Applicants without 24 months of experience:
    • For those who are otherwise eligible but who do not yet have the 24 months of qualifying Canadian work experience atthe time of their application for permanent residence.
    • After obtaining OROWP applicant must show 24 months of full-time work experience within 36 months of receiving OROWP.
    • If have part of 24 months, it can be added to work experience if acquired within the 36-month widow.
  • Category B (Direct to PR) – Applicants with 24months of experience
    • Applicants must demonstrate that they have obtained at least 24 months of eligible full-time work experience in Canada in the 36 months preceding the application.
Full-time work
  • 30 hours per week
Breaks in work experience
  • Applicants do not have to be employed at the time they apply for permanent residence through these programs.
  • Canadian work experience does not need to be continuous.
  • 24 months of required employment must not be included.
    • Any extended absence from Canada (including any time worked for an employer out side Canada)
    • periods of unemployment
    • prolonged sickness
    • parental leave

Additional requirements for applicants under Category A (Gaining experience)

Applicantswho do not have at least 24 months of qualifying Canadian workexperience must also provide proof of both of the following:

  1. A job offer
  2. The ability to perform the work.

Job offer

  • From a single Canadian employer
    • The employer cannot be an embassy, high commission or consulate in Canada.
    • The employer can include more than one individual (for example, Pat Smith and Jamie Brown), but must constitute 1 single employer (that is, 1 single CRA business number).
  • For a position outside the province of Quebec
  • For full-time employment (full-time means at least 30 hours of paid work per week)
  • Non-seasonal
  • In a home childcare provider or home support worker occupation
  • Genuine and likely to be valid when the applicant is issued the initial OROWP.

Job offer from a relative

  • An applicant being related to theiremployer does not make them ineligible under the pilots.

Live-in Caregiver Program

Candidates can apply for PR under this stream only if they have at least 2 years of workexperience in the program and:

  • Are already working in Canada with a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit, or
  • were approved for the first LCP work permit based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment submitted to Employment and Social Development Canada on or before November 30, 2014

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) for caregivers

If you are not able to meet the permanent residencerequirements as a caregiver, you may be able to work temporarily in Canada.

How to apply to extend your work permit?

  • If you’recurrently working in Canada as a caregiver, you may extend your work permit through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program(TFWP).
  • It will be necessary for the employer to apply and get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for the job.

How to apply for a new work permit as a caregiver?

Eligibility

  • Candidates may apply through the TFWP if one of these applies to them:
    • They are in Canada and eligible to apply for a work permit from inside Canada.
    • They are outside Canada and the employer applied for an LMIA before June 18,2019.
    • They will be working in Quebec.

A new workpermit (that needs an LMIA) cannot be applied for in the following cases:

  • The employer applied for an LMIA on or after June 18, 2019, and
    • The candidate is applying for a work permit through the TFWP from outside Canada.
    • The candidate plans to work in a province or territory other than Quebec.
  • The candidate applies for a work permit at a port of entry on or after April 22, 2022.
  • The candidate is in Canada as a visitor and apply for your first work permit on or after April 22, 2022.

Closed programs

  • Caring for Children Program
    This program ended on June 18, 2019. It has been replaced by the Home Child Care Provider Pilot program.
  • Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program
    This program ended on June 18, 2019. It is replaced by the Home Support Worker Pilot program.
  • Interim Pathway for Caregivers
    This temporary pathway opened on March 4th, 2019,and ended on October 8, 2019. It was introduced as a temporary measure to help certain individuals who were not able to apply for permanent residence under the previous caregiver programs.

FAQs

What is the Caregiver Pilot Program?

The Caregiver Pilot Program is an immigration initiative in Canada designed to provide a pathway to permanent residency for individuals providing care to Canadian families. It replaces the previous caregiver programs with updated requirements and pathways.

Who is eligible to apply for the Caregiver Pilot Program?

Eligible candidates for the Caregiver Pilot Program include individuals providing care to children or individuals with high medical needs in Canada. Candidates must meet specific eligibility criteria, including work experience, language proficiency, and a genuine job offer from a Canadian employer.

What are the benefits of participating in the Caregiver Pilot Program?

Participation in the Caregiver Pilot Program offers successful candidates the opportunity to obtain permanent residency in Canada, providing stability and opportunities for career growth within the caregiving sector. It recognizes the valuable contributions of caregivers to Canadian families and society.

How can I apply for the Caregiver Pilot Program?

To apply for the Caregiver Pilot Program, candidates must first secure a job offer from a Canadian employer to work as a caregiver. Once the job offer is obtained, candidates can submit their application for the program, ensuring they meet all eligibility requirements and provide the necessary documentation.

What sets the Caregiver Pilot Program apart from previous caregiver programs?

The Caregiver Pilot Program introduces updated requirements and pathways to permanent residency, aiming to improve the caregiver immigration process and provide greater stability for caregivers and their families in Canada. It emphasizes the importance of caregiving roles and recognizes their significant contributions to Canadian society.