Canada Caregivers: Pathways to Permanent Residence
This Pathway is a Federal Immigration Program
Canada has a number of immigration pathways to facilitate permanent residence in Canada for eligible foreign caregivers.
Caregiver Permanent Residence Pathways:
Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker pilots
The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot replace the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots and provide eligible caregivers with a pathway to permanent residence once they’ve acquired two years of Canadian work experience.
Both the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot will only provide work permits to caregivers who have a job offer in Canada and who meet the following criteria:
Language tests results showing a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5
One year of Canadian post-secondary education or the foreign equivalent; and
Admissible to Canada.
Each program will accept a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants each, for a total of 5,500 principal applicants, per year.
The pilots also provide:
Occupation-specific work permits for caregivers, providing the ability to change jobs quickly if necessary.
Open work permits for spouses/common-law partners and study permits for dependent children, to allow the caregiver’s family to accompany them to Canada.
Employers hiring a caregiver from overseas will no longer need a Labour Market Impact Assessment.
The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot are 5-year pilot programs that let qualified caregivers and their family members come to Canada with the goal of becoming permanent residents.
If you’ve been offered a job in Canada as a caregiver or have experience working in Canada as a caregiver, you may be able to apply for permanent residence through one of these pilots.
Home Child Care Provider Pilot
Caregivers with work experience in NOC 4411 (excluding foster parents) will be eligible for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot.
this pilot is closed to new applications for 2021
Home Support Worker Pilot
Caregivers with work experience in NOC 4412 (excluding housekeepers) will be eligible for permanent residence through Home Support Worker Pilot.
Caring for People with High Medical Needs (terminated June 18, 2019)
Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program ended on June 18, 2019
Interim Pathway for Caregivers (no longer accepting applications)
The Interim Pathway for Caregivers ended on October 8, 2019
Caring for Children (terminated June 18, 2019)
The Caring for Children Program ended on June 18, 2019.
Permanent residence through the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP)
The Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) is closed to new applicants