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1 in 4 Canadians Over the Age of 30 Currently Caring for Someone: Caregivers Needed in Canada

Three years ago, Canada reported officially having more seniors than children in the country for the first time. The number of Canadians aged 65 and over has jumped 20% since 2011, resulting in a national median age of 41.2 years. As more Canadians enter retirement, the demand for caregivers and young skilled workers continues to grow.

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Canada’s Aging Population

In 2019, most Canadians reported being, or expecting to be, directly involved in caregiving for their families and loved ones. One in four Canadians over the age of 30 say they are already providing care for someone else, with another third planning to do so in the near future. The majority of Canadian caregivers are between the ages of 40 and 50. Half of this age group are parents to children under 15 years of age, meaning the responsibility of caregiving is two-fold.

Nearly half of Canadians report that if they were in a position of needing care, they would prefer to stay at home with a visiting or live-in nurse. The demand for working caregivers in Canada is therefore huge, and anticipated to grow in the near future. The Canadian government recognizes the need for a range of immigration programs to help caregivers find work in Canada, and offer them a pathway to Canadian permanent residency.

Options for Caregivers

Earlier this year, the Canadian government announced plans to offer improved immigration pilot programs for international caregivers, which opened in June 2019. The two pilots allow applicants to work in Canada with a work permit, and offers a pathway to apply for permanent resident status for them and their family after completing two years of Canadian work experience.

Both the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot have opened to accept a maximum of 2,750 applicants per year. The pilots allow international caregivers to easily change employers, and can be accompanied by family members. The immediate family of a caregiver will also be eligible to apply for Canadian open work permits and/or study permits, allowing them to gain valuable Canadian work or study experience. Eligible candidates for both pilots must have a Canadian job offer at the time of their permit application.

As the national age trends upward, and fertility rates remain low, we can expect the demand for caregivers in Canada to only grow in the coming years. With more workers leaving the workforce than entering, the need for skilled workers across industries in Canada increases as well. Fortunately, the Canadian government is responsive to the need to bring workers to the country, and plans to welcome more than one million newcomers in the next three years!

 

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