Canada continues to provide permanent residency opportunities to foreign caregivers through launching 2 new and improved pilot caregiver programs: the Home Support Worker Pilot and the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot on June 18, 2019.
These pilots were introduced as a replacement for the Caring for People with High Medical Needs program and the Caring for Children program.
What are the Key Differences in the New Caregiver Pilot Programs?
The pilot programs give the caregivers the ability to change employers.
The previous programs were revised due to the many cases of foreign workers getting stuck in an unhealthy work environment and being unable to leave.
Caregivers will be authorized to add their accompanying family members on their application for permanent residency.
This will also allow the accompanying family members to apply for an open work permit or a study permit.
All employers in Canada (except in Quebec) must hire caregivers through these 2 programs.
What is the Home Support Worker Pilot?
The Home Support Worker Pilot serves as an immigration worker in occupations listed as National Occupational Classification (NOC) code 4412.
Home support workers are responsible for taking care of seniors, disabled people or individuals in rehabilitation.
Their performing duties include preparing meals, feeding, bathing, dressing, administering medication and other housekeeping duties.
Home support workers are required to reside in their employer’s home. They can be responsible for child care, but, it cannot be their primary role in the household.
This pilot program is for foreign workers with the following occupation titles:
- Family caregiver
- Home support workers
- Live-in caregiver - seniors
- Personal aide - home support
- Personal care attendant - home care
- Respite worker - home support
- Home visitor - infant care
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What is the Eligibility Criteria for the Home Support Worker Pilot?
To qualify for this pilot program, you must:
- Have a valid job offer at the time of applying for a work permit
- Gain 2 years of work experience in Canada
- Demonstrate language proficiency with a level 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for English and French
- Have at least 1 year of post-secondary education or a foreign equivalent attested by an Education Credential Assessment (ECA) report
What is the Process to Gain Permanent Residence Through the Home Support Worker Pilot?
You must gain at least 2 years of work experience with a valid work permit.
You will be required to submit your work permit application with your permanent residence application.
Gaining a work permit will allow you temporary residence to gain Canadian work experience.
Once you meet the work experience requirements, you will be able to apply for permanent residence.
You will also be authorized to include your accompanying family members on your permanent residence application.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Home Support Worker Pilot
Along with the Home Support Worker Pilot program, the Canadian government also launched the Home Child Care Provider Pilot for foreign workers in occupations listed as NOC 4111, although those occupations are more centered around the care for children and fewer home support duties.
To hire a foreign caregiver currently residing in Canada, employers can apply through the:
Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Home Support Worker Pilot Program
The new pilot programs are not operational in Quebec. Therefore, employers in Quebec must apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and apply through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
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