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Home Support Worker Pilot

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced it will be launching two new pilot programs for caregivers before the end of 2019. One of these programs is the Home Support Worker Pilot, designed for foreign nationals with work experience in NOC 4412.

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

The two new pilot programs will be replacing two previous caregiver programs which are set to expire on November 29th, 2019: the Caring for Children pilot and the Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilot.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Important Information

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

What is known about the upcoming pilot?

The new pilot will address 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 Support Worker Pilot, the government is also introducing the Home Child Care Provider Pilot. These two pilots are expected to be similar, with the Home Child Care Provider Pilot targeting those with experience in NOC 4411 rather than NOC 4412.

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