Canada just opened two new 5-year pilot programs for caregivers who wish to become permanent residents. Replacing the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots, the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots opened for applications on June 18, 2019.
This pilot is designed to bring Home Child Care Providers&Home Support Workers to Canada on temporary work permits, with the ability to apply for permanent residence after gaining enough work experience.
Through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot, caregivers will also benefit from:
Only caregivers with a valid job offer to work in Canada can apply for the new pilot programs. In addition, they must:
More than open work permits and/or study permits for the caregivers’ immediate family, the new pilots offer a direct path for permanent residence. The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots will, allow “a clear transition from temporary to permanent status, to ensure that once caregivers have met the work experience requirement, they will be able to become permanent residents quickly”.
First Aid Certification and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training
This could be required, but it is highly advised that you undergo this training regardless. Not only will it inspire more confidence in yourself, but it will reflect very well on your application as a professional child-care or home support worker.
You will require at least 24 months of work experience of in-home child-care or in-home support before a decision will be made your application for permanent residence.
You will be required to submit your work permit application with your permanent residence application. If you meet the general requirements of the pilot you will receive a temporary work permit to work in Canada, which will allow you to acquire the necessary qualifying work experience needed to apply for permanent residence.
Once you receive your open work permit, which will be occupation-restricted but will also allow you to work for any employer as a caregiver and have at least 24 months of Canadian full-time work experience, you will be able to apply for permanent residence.
Your family members will also be able to immigrate to Canada with you. If they intend to work or study, they can submit their permit applications along with yours.