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How to Immigrate to Canada as a Caregiver: Home Child-Care Provider or a Home Support Worker

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"Owing to a demanding career, family-owned business or a complicated set of circumstances, some Canadians may require extra assistance to take care of their children and senior parents and grandparents. Immigrating to Canada as a caregiver has become an increasingly popular pathway for foreign nationals with experience in this field."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Apr 19, 2021
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Owing to a demanding career, family-owned business or a complicated set of circumstances, some Canadians may require extra assistance to take care of their children and senior parents and grandparents.

Immigrating to Canada as a caregiver has become an increasingly popular pathway for foreign nationals with experience in this field.

Caregivers, on average, earn $30,600 per year or $15.69 per hour in Canada. Most entry-level positions start at $23,400 per year while professional caregivers can make up to $43,407 per year.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents need to meet requirements to hire foreign caregivers.

Currently, there are 3 options for foreign nationals who wish to work in Canada as a caregiver.

What are the 3 Ways to Work in Canada as a Caregiver?

1 Home Child-Care Provider Pilot Program:  

The new Home Child-Care Provider Pilot was launched on June 18, 2019, to replace the Caring for Children program. The last programs were criticized for not providing employee protection from abusive workplaces.

The new pilot programs provide caregivers with occupation-specific work permits rather than employer-specific. This allows employees to transition to a different employer if desired.

The new pilots also allow the caregivers to bring immediate family members to Canada. The accompanying family members will be eligible to apply for a study or work permit in Canada.

Applicants must meet the minimum work-experience requirements to transition to permanent residency through these programs.

To be eligible for the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot Program, you need to:

  • Have previous Canadian work experience or a Canadian employer to give you a legitimate job offer
  • Have Canadian work experience or a job offer from a Canadian employer
  • Have education that is on par with the Canadian Secondary School level
  • Have appropriate job-related training
  • Have good experience with household management
  • Have first aid training

2 Home Support Worker Pilot Program: 

The Home Support Worker Pilot is for professional caregivers with work experience in caring for seniors, people undergoing medical treatments who are severely ill and disabled people.

To be eligible for this program you need to:

  • Have education equivalent to secondary school
  • Have experience with home management
  • Have an in-home support degree or diploma
  • Have experience in caring for elderly, people undergoing treatments for illnesses and disabled people
  • Have first aid training, if necessary

3 Temporary Foreign Worker: 

The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program allows Canadian employers to hire temporary foreign workers. You can work in Canada as a caregiver temporarily to gain Canadian work experience.

You will be required to meet the following requirements to qualify:

  • Work as a caregiver at least 30 hours per week
  • Reside in the house of the individual being cared for
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Complete a childcare program if necessary
  • Have first aid and CPR training completed

What is the Process to Gain Permanent Residency in Canada as a Caregiver?

If you are applying from outside Canada, then the first step is to submit an application for permanent residency along with a work or study permit.

You can also include your accompanying family members on your application for temporary residence as a foreign worker or international student.

Once you get your work permit, you can come to Canada to gain work experience as a caregiver.

Gaining 2 years of Canadian work experience will make you eligible to apply to the government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to gain permanent residence.


If you are already in Canada as a caregiver, then you have 2 options:

  • Gain 2 years of work experience and apply for permanent residence
  • Qualify for a work permit through the 2 pilot programs and gain permanent residence after completion of 2 years
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