As a caregiver, you have options to come to Canada to become a permanent resident or work temporarily. Two 5 -year pilot programs were opened on June 18th, 2019 : The Home child care Provider and The Home Support Worker Pilot. You may be able to apply for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot if you:

  •   meet the eligibility requirements, and
  •   have a job offer to work in one of these occupations

Through these pilots, you’ll get an open work permit to come to Canada and work temporarily. This work permit:

  •   is occupation-restricted (so you have to work in that specific occupation)
  •   doesn’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  •   lets you get the work experience you need to be eligible for permanent residence

If you recently worked as a home child care provider or support worker, your experience may count towards your eligibility for permanent residence.

What does the Pilot offer?

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

  •   Ability for caregivers to change jobs: Unlike previous Caregiver programs the new pilots will enable caregivers to more easily change employers.
  •   Accompanying family members: 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 unlike the past programs

The programs

Home Child Care Provider is closed to new applications for 2021 as the cap is reached.The pilot will reopen to new applications on January 1, 2022.

Home Support Worker Pilot is not close to reaching the cap for the Home Support Worker Pilot. You can still apply under this pilot. Let’s talk about this program in detail This pathway is designed for foreign nationals with work experience in NOC 4412.


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.

Intent and ability

Intent and ability to perform the tasks required in NOC description is a requirement to apply for work permit under this program which can be measured by proving work experience /training through documentation.

Experience as a housekeeper, self-employed or full-time student doesn’t count.


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