New Canada Immigration Programs for Caregivers

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have introduced two new Canadian PR programs for Home Support Worker Pilots and Home Child Care Provider, which will provide facilitated access to the permanent residency applicants for foreign caregivers and eligible family members.

IRCC announced that there would be a three-month Interim Pathway for Caregivers that will be open to applications between March 4, 2019, and June 4, 2019. On February 23, 2019, IRCC also stated that these five-year pilots are designed to offer caregivers with greater flexibility to change jobs rapidly and creates the possibility for accompanying family members to receive open work permits or pursue study permits for Canada.

“The admissibility standards and application process for the new pilots will be announced ‘well before’ the expiration of Canada’s two current caregiver pilots on or before November 29, 2019”, IRCC says. This provisional pathway will be available for the candidates who intend to reside outside of Quebec and who fulfill the below indicators:

  • Candidates who are authorized to work in Canada on a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) work permit (at the time of applying)
  • At least one year of full-time Canadian work experience in an eligible caregiver occupation, other than a housekeeper, since November 30, 2014;
  • Eligible Caregiver occupation includes: Home child care provider — National Occupational Classification (NOC) Group 4411; and/or Home support worker — NOC Group 4412
  • Have a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent foreign credential proven with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA);


IRCC stated that there is no limit on the number of applications as it will accept the applications through the Interim Pathway for Caregivers; the candidates with educational qualifications outside Canada and who cannot obtain an ECA before the Interim Pathway for Caregivers closes on June 4, 2019, are still eligible if they provide proof that they have applied to get an ECA. Proof includes written confirmation from the agency confirming the candidate has submitted a request for an ECA and/or receipt of payment.

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