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Caring for Children Pathway

The Caring for Children Pathway allows foreign nationals with at least 24 months of Canadian work experience as a Home Child Care Provider (NOC 4411) to apply for permanent residence.

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Important Information

This program is set to expire on November 29th, 2019. The pathway will be replaced by the new Home Child Care Worker pilot.

This program is aligned with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Eligible foreign nationals may be able to apply through the TFWP to obtain Canadian work permits if they have an LMIA-supported job offer from a Canadian employer.

Eligibility Criteria

Interested applicants must meet the requirements listed below and must plan to live outside of the province of Quebec.


Work Experience

Must have at least 24 months of full-time work experience in Canada as a home child care provider (NOC 4411) in the four years before applying. Breaks in employment are accepted. Any work experience gained during a period of full-time study is not eligible.


Employment Requirements

Applicants must have cared for children under the age of 18, in their home on in the home of their employer. It is not necessary to have lived in the employer’s home in order to qualify.


Language Proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French. Applicants must submit results from an official language test taken less than two years prior showing proficiency at CLB Level 5.



You must have an educational credential equivalent to a Canadian post-secondary credential of at least one year. If the credential was completed outside of a Canada, the applicant will require an Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA).

Application Procedure

The Caring for Children Pathway uses a paper-based application system. This means that all forms and documents must be printed, signed, and submit in hard copy by mail. Please refer to the IRCC official webpage to download the application form and document checklist.

In order to be considered complete, an application must include the following:

  • Required application and forms (signed where necessary)
  • Fee payment receipt
  • All supporting documents

Certain applicants will require medical exams, police certificates, educational credentials assessment (ECA), and/or biometrics. If in doubt, contact an immigration professional to advise on your application.

Once you are confident your application is complete, you must mail it to IRCC’s Case Processing Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

Processing times for the Caring for Children Pathway are listed at 6 months.

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