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Home Child Care Provider Pilot

The Home Child Care Provider Pilot is one of two caregiver pilots launched in June, 2019. This pathway is designed for foreign nationals with work experience in NOC 4411.

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This pilot is designed to bring Home Child Care Providers to Canada on temporary work permits, with the ability to apply for permanent residence after gaining enough work experience.

Both the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot replace two previous caregiver programs which expired on November 29th, 2019: the Caring for Children pilot and the Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilot.

Important Information

The pilot opened to applications on June 18th, 2019, and will be accepting a maximum of 2,750 primary applicants per year plus their immediate family.

What does the Pilot offer?

The new programs amend two main issues with the previous caregiver pilot programs:

  1. Ability for caregivers to change jobs: Caregiver programs have been criticized in the past because they bind caregivers to single families, creating an environment conducive to workplace abuse. The new pilots will enable caregivers to more easily change employers.
  2. Accompanying family members: In past programs, spouses/partners and children could not necessarily accompany the caregiver to Canada. Under the new programs family members will be eligible to accompany caregivers and will be eligible to apply for open work permits and/or study permits.

 

Other options for caregivers

In addition to the Home Child Care Support Pilot, the government is also introducing the Home Support Worker Pilot. These two pilots are expected to be similar, with the Home Support Worker targeting those with experience in NOC 4412 rather than NOC 4411.

The federal government has introduced the Interim Pathway for Caregivers which is accepting applications from March 4th, 2019 to June 4th, 2019. This program was designed to ease the transition into the two new pilot programs in 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

Interested applicants must meet the requirements listed below.

Job Offer

Eligible candidates will have a job offer in Canada at the time of application for a work permit.

 

Work Experience

With a work permit, caregivers will be able to gain the two years mandatory work experience in order to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

 

Language Requirements

Eligible candidates will meet Canadian Language Benchmark level 5.

 

Educational Requirements

Applicants must have one year of Canadian post-secondary education or foreign equivalent to be eligible.

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