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Caregiver Program

Caregiver Program Canada

In Canada, caregivers have the option either to work temporarily or to reside permanently within the country.

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Permanently Residing Caregivers

Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot Programs

The Home Support Worker Pilot program and the Home Child Care Provider Pilot program runs for five years. Competent caregivers and members of their families whose goal is to reside in Canada permanently can migrate into the country. An individual can use one of these pilot programs and enroll to become a permanent Canadian resident, provided they get a job offer to work as a caregiver in the country or after they gain experience working as a caregiver in Canada. Apart from these conditions, additional criteria must be met to be eligible for permanent residence and a work permit under the two pilot programs. The additional requirements are as follows:

One should gain a two-year work experience as a caregiver within three years before submitting their application. The work experience should be in one of two fields: either in the home child provider (NOC 4411) or in the home support worker (NOC 4412) field.

One should take a language test with a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) and have a score of five in either English or French.

The individual should have undergone one year of Canada’s post-secondary education or have received foreign education that equals this level.

The individual should be admissible to the country.

The pilot programs also allow an applicant to receive an open work permit that they can use to work in the country temporarily. The open work permit:

  1. Is restricted to specific occupations. Consequently, the recipient of the permit can work in the specified professions only.
  2. Is exempt from the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
  3. Enables an individual to gain the work experience required to qualify for a permanent resident application in Canada.

An individual’s recent occupation as a home support worker or as a home childcare provider contributes to the experience required to make them eligible for permanent residence.

The Live-In Caregiver Program

New applicants cannot access the Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) because one needs to have at least a two-year work experience in the program to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Additionally, the applicants through this program:

Should be working in the Canadian caregiver industry with an LCP work permit during their application.

Should have received approval for their initial LCP work permit application according to the Labor Market Impact Assessment presented to Employment and Social Development Canada within the application period.

The options described above might restrict an individual with caregiver work experience from applying for permanent residence in Canada. In the event of this occurrence, the individual can explore other programs that increase their eligibility for moving into the country.

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Temporary work for caregivers

You will be able to work temporarily in case you fail to fulfil permanent residency requirements as a caregiver if :

  • You are in Canada and are qualifying for applying work permit within Canada
  • You’re outside of Canada and before June18,2019, your employer applied for an LMIA

Or you’ll be working in Quebec

  • Your the boss must have a positive LMIA