Caregiver Programs as pathways to Canada Permanent Residence

Canada has multiple programs that assist Caregivers in obtaining work and Permanent Residence. As a nation, Canada acknowledges the crucial work of the Caregivers. These workers offer support and care to seniors, children, and others who need care.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has said that it plans to settle 6,000 Permanent Residence applications from Caregivers by 31st December 2021. It plans to decide the applications from Caregivers who have completed their work experience in Canada including their immediate members of the family. In 2020, roughly 2,900 Caregivers along with their family members obtained Permanent Residence in Canada.

  • The following are the Caregiver Programs of Canada:
  • Home Child Care Provider Pilot.
  • Home Support Worker Pilot.
  • Live-In Caregiver.

Home Child Care Provider Pilot

This is a program is developed for bringing workers having experience as Home Child Care Providers to Canada through Temporary Work Permits. They can apply for Permanent Residence after obtaining adequate work experience.

Home Support Worker Pilot

This is a program is developed for bringing workers having experience as Home Support Workers to Canada through Temporary Work Permits. They can apply for Permanent Residence after obtaining adequate work experience.

Live-In Caregiver

This program is for overseas nationals who intend to work for a citizen of Canada as a nanny/caretaker for their children or somebody with disabilities. They can apply for Permanent Residence after 2 years of experience on the LCP Work Permit.

Eligibility for the Live-In Caregiver Program

To qualify for the LCP, you must have:

  • A lawful Work Permit or must have filed an application for extension of your Work Permit or have filed an application for restoring your worker status in Canada
  • Work experience obtained in Canada as a Home Support Worker or Home Child Care provider.
  • Minimum 1 year of work experience full-time since 30 November 2014 that can be cumulative if not continuous but work experience as a student is not included.
  • Been employed in an occupation corresponding to the duties listed for your NOC.
  • Language proficiency on par with CLB - Canadian Languages Benchmark Level 5 or for French Language NLCL 5 in all four competencies – listening, speaking, writing, and reading.
  • At least High School Diploma in Canada or its equivalent overseas Certificate, Diploma, or credential.

Rules to adhere to while working on the LCP

As an overseas national, you have to abide by certain rules while working in Canada as a Live-In Caregiver:

  • Work for a minimum of 30 hours full-time providing care to kids less than 18 years of age or an individual with disabilities or an aged person in the supposed home. 
  • Reside and work professionally in the supposed home without any help or supervision. 
  • Fulfill all requirements specified by CIC and Skills and Human Resources Development Canada including:
  • The worker must demonstrate fluency to some levels that prove the ability to communicate and live without help in a non-supervised environment.
  • The worker must have obtained training for a minimum of 6 months of full-time.
  • The worker must have been employed for a minimum of 1 year and as a full-time caregiver or in a corresponding occupation in the past 3 years.
  • How to submit an application for the Live-In Caregiver Program?

    The LCP is not accepting fresh applications currently. You must apply for a standard Work Permit if you wish to work in Canada as a Caregiver and do not have an LCP Work Permit at present.

    A Caregiver can only be hired through LCP only if the Canadian Citizen has:

  • Found a Caregiver who has an LCP Work Permit and is seeking a new employer
  • Obtained approval for an LMIA - Labor Market Impact Assessment demonstrating the consent of the Caregiver for residing in their home

    Live-In Caregiver Application for Permanent Residence

    You can qualify for filing an application for Permanent Residence through the LCP if you fulfill the following criteria:

  • Have worked for a minimum of 24 months of authorized live-in full-time employment in Canada; or. 
  • Have worked for a minimum of 3900 hours of authorized live-in full-time employment in Canada and it can consist of 390 overtime hours of duty; and. 
  • The work experience has been obtained within 4 years of your arrival in Canada. 
  • Your application will be impacted if: 
  • You, your common-law partner or spouse, or any of your members of the family have a record of crime or a grave medical condition or pose risk for security. 
  • You have not been honest in the information offered to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

    Home Child Care Provider Pilot

    The providers of Home child care offer help to busy parents in taking care of their children and also assistance in household duties. Care can be offered either in the home of the employee or in the home of the employer. 

    This program is for applicants who are interested in occupations like: 

  • Au pair
  • Babysitter
  • Live-in child caregiver
  • Nanny
  • Private home child caregiver
  • Foster parent
  • Parent’s helper
  • Child caregiver in a public setting such as shopping center or a gym

    Eligibility for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot

    A 5-year pilot program, the Home Child Care Provider Pilot permits eligible Caregivers along with their family members to arrive in Canada for the purpose of obtaining Permanent Residence. If you have worked in Canada as a Caregiver or have received a job offer for working as Caregiver, you can submit an application for Permanent Residence under the Home Child Care Provider Pilot.

    The NOC Code for Home Child Care Provider is NOC 4411.

    You can qualify for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot if you:

  • Possess adequate work experience
  • Have Proficiency in a language
  • Fulfill Educational requirements for the program
  • Are permissible to Canada
  • Intend to reside out of Quebec province

    How to submit an application for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot?

    The process of filing an application for Home Child Care Provider Pilot varies based on your circumstances and the number of years of eligible work experience that you have. There are 3 categories of applications based on work experience:

  • Nil eligible work experience
  • Less than 2 years but some work experience
  • Minimum 2 years of eligible work experience

    Home Support Worker Provider Pilot

    Home Support Worker providers aim to assist senior citizens, individuals having disabilities, and people under rehabilitation. The responsibilities usually include preparation of meals, bathing, feeding, changing dresses, feeding medicines, and similar routine housekeeping duties.

    This program is for applicants who are interested in occupations like: 

  • Family caregiver
  • At-home attendant for persons with disabilities
  • Home support worker
  • Live-in caregiver for seniors
  • Personal care attendant -home care
  • Housekeeper
  • Personal aide - home support
  • Doula
  • Respite worker - home support
  • Home visitor - infant care

    Eligibility for the Home Support Worker Pilot

    A 5-year pilot program, the Home Support Worker Pilot permits eligible Caregivers along with their family members to arrive in Canada for the purpose of obtaining Permanent Residence. If you have worked in Canada as a Caregiver or have received a job offer for working as Caregiver, you can submit an application for Permanent Residence under the Home Support Worker Pilot. 

    The NOC Code for Home Support Worker Pilot is NOC 4412. 

    You can qualify for the Home Support Worker Pilot if you:

  • Possess adequate work experience
  • Have Proficiency in a language
  • Fulfill Educational requirements for the program
  • Are permissible to Canada
  • Intend to reside out of Quebec province

    How to submit an application for the Home Support Worker Pilot?

    The process of filing an application for a Home Support Worker Pilot varies based on your circumstances and the number of years of eligible work experience that you have. There are 3 categories of applications based on work experience:

  • Nil eligible work experience
  • Less than 2 years but some work experience
  • Minimum 2 years of eligible work experience

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