Request a Free Call
Caregiver Canada — Program
Canada understands the need to bring in foreign workers to help support the labour shortage and thus provide various immigration programs to support the transition.
The Home Support worker pilot and Home Child Care Provider Pilot are used to fulfill the Canadian workforce’s shortage of caregivers.
You can apply for Canadian Permanent Residency through any of these Canada Caregiver programs if you have a valid job offer in these occupations and meet the other eligibility requirements. Qualifying under these programs will get you an LMIA-exempt open work permit, restricting that specific occupation.
Previous Nanny Canada Programs:
- Caring for Children Program
- Live-in Caregiver Canada Program
- High Medical Needs Program – Caregiver
- Interim Pathway for Caregivers
These programs were used for hiring in-home/live-in Caregivers until 2019, but they were then taken over by:
- Home Support Worker Pilot
- Home Child Care Provider Pilot
Details about these Caregiver Programs:
- These Pilot Canada Caregiver programs will stay for five years.
- They are a pathway to Permanent Residency for the caregivers and their accompanying family members
- Have different application processes depending on the qualifying work experience
- Family members can accompany the caregivers if they want to work or study in Canada
Home Support worker pilot and “Home Child Care Provider Pilot” program requirements:
|Prove any past training or experience to prove the ability to do the job
|Don’t plan to live in the province of Quebec
|Quebec has its own immigration programs to qualify and choose from; thus, these programs wouldn't be eligible in that province.
|Valid job offer
|The job offer should be:
• Full Time
• Minimum 30 Hours a Week
• Not in Quebec
• Made using IMM 5983
|Post-Secondary Credential of a minimum of one year is needed. If not Canadian, then an Education Credential Evaluation is required.
|Have proper admissibility
|You shouldn’t be classified as “inadmissible” by Canada.
|You must take one of the approved language tests, i.e. IELTS, CELPIP-G, TEF Canada or TCF Canada and meet the minimum requirements, which are:
CLB 5 in English and;
NCLC 5 in French
Having less than 24 months of experience in the last 36 months in these fields will require you to file for a work permit and your Permanent Residency application, which would allow you to get your required work experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long is the processing time for a caregiver work permit in Canada?
Your application may take up to 12 months to be processed, and the work permit will be eligible for 3 years.
Q: Is IELTS compulsory for caregivers in Canada?
Yes, passing either IELTS or CELPIP exam is compulsory to work as a caregiver in Canada.
Q: What is the age limit for caregivers?
Although no age limit is specified to work as a caregiver, if you are under 16, you must get your parent’s consent.
Q: What are the responsibilities of a caregiver?
Caregivers are responsible for the following:
- Bathing and grooming, toileting, exercise and dressing.
- Daily household chores like – basic food preparation, shopping, laundry, housekeeping and other errands.
- General health caregiving medicine, guiding usage according to prescriptions, reminding appointments, and administering medicine.
Q: Can I apply for a live-in caregiver in Canada?
Yes, you can apply for a live-in caregiver in Canada, but specific eligibility criteria are compulsory to meet.
Q: What qualities should a caregiver possess?
Patience, empathy, respect and kindness are crucial. Understanding clients’ needs and having good communication skills are basic in effectively executing the caregiver’s responsibilities.