5500 new anticipated applicants will be accepted for the home child care provider and the home support worker pilot

The Government of Canada has announced that it will begin accepting new applications for two caregiver immigration programs starting January 1, 2024.

Under the two pilot projects, 5,500 applications are anticipated to be accepted for new submissions in total in 2024.

Additionally, the maximum number of applicants under these pilot programs is now split into two categories: those for Direct Entry into Permanent Residence and those for Gaining Experience.

“We are pleased to open the application process for the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilot programs to help address labour shortages in these key sectors,” said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser in a statement. “Caregivers make valuable contributions to families and communities across Canada. These pilots will help us test new pathways to permanent residency for caregivers.”

Occupations eligible for Canada Caregiver Program

If you have worked one of the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) jobs full-time in Canada, you are eligible to use your work experience for permanent residency:

Home child care providers (NOC 44100)

  • Babysitter
  • Child care live-in caregiver
  • Child care provider – private home
  • Nanny
  • Parent’s helper

Home Support Worker Pilot (NOC 44101)

  • Attendant for persons with disabilities – home care
  • Family caregiver
  • Home support worker
  • Live-in caregiver – seniors
  • Personal aide – home support
  • Personal care attendant – home care
  • Respite worker – home support

Applicants must have a job offer from a Canadian family to apply for any of these programs and an LMIA is not necessary. After receiving a job offer, qualified candidates may apply for a close work permit, come to Canada, and work in a temporary position to gain experience. These applicants may apply for permanent residence after gaining one year of experience in Canada.

  1. The basic requirements needed by the candidates applying under Gaining Experience Category are:
  • A valid full-time job offer (IMM 5983 E)
  • CLB level 5 in English or French (IELTS = Reading 4 and rest of the modules 5)
  • Post-secondary education of at least 1 year
  • Any past experience or training that demonstrates the candidate is able to do the work described in the job offer.
  1. The basic requirements needed by the candidates applying under Direct Entry into Permanent Residence are:
  • At least 12 months of full-time work experience in Canada in the last 36 months
  •  Post-secondary education of at least 1 year
  • Any experience or training that demonstrates the candidate can do the work described in the job offer.

How To Apply

Depending on your circumstances, you can prepare for before January 1st by following the official IRCC guide for home child care providers and home support workers.
The new permanent residence portal has an online application gateway through which qualified applicants can submit their applications.

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