Canada begins new pilot programs for eligible caregivers to apply for permanent residence

Good news for caregivers in Canada — the Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced new pilot programs and other enhancements to work permit applications for caregivers.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced two new pilot caregiver programs to replace existing pilots that are soon expiring. The new Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker will open for applications June 18.

Each will have a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants per year, plus their immediate family.

Under the new programs, caregivers will only receive a work permit if they have a job offer in Canada and meet standard criteria for economic immigration programs. Once they gain the required 2 years of Canadian work experience, they can apply for permanent residence.

Other benefits under the new pilots are open work permits and study permits for the caregivers’ immediate family; the elimination of the LMIA or Labour Market Impact Assessment; and the issuance of caregiver-specific work permits rather than employer-specific.

In addition to the new pilots, the government has also extended the Interim Pathway for Caregivers which will re-open ‪on July 8 and accept applications for 3 months. Still, advocates are lobbying for more considerations in favor of the many caregivers in limbo by removing or reducing the Language and Educational requirements.

While the new programs offer solutions to the common hurdles that caregivers face in Canada, many are still uncertain they will meet the eligibility requirements. With the community’s continued support, they remain hopeful to gain landed status in the country they’ve served for years.

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  • Maruja L. Muyo
    22 June 2019 at 7:44 am - Reply

    I am interested to apply,
    Pls. tell me how,
    Thank you very much and God bless.

  • Cheryl C. Amada
    22 June 2019 at 10:27 am - Reply

    where i can apply/inquire with this program?