Wednesday, June 26, 2019

New Canada programs for caregivers are Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot

The two new Canada programs for caregivers are Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot.

Key updates to new pilots

Major changes from the outgoing Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots include:

Occupation-specific work permits instead of employer-specific work permits. This change will allow caregivers to change employers; Caregiver’s immediate family will also be entitled to open work permits and/or study permits; Employers will no longer need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before hiring a caregiver from overseas.  

1. 4411 Home child care providers 
Home child care providers care for children on an ongoing or short-term basis. They care for the well-being and physical and social development of children, assist parents with child care and may assist with household duties.

They provide care primarily in their own homes or in the children's homes, where they may also reside. They are employed by private households and child-care agencies, or they may be self-employed. 

Example Titles 
child care live-in caregiver
child care provider – private home nanny parent's helper 

2. 4412 Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations 
Home support workers provide personal care and companionship for seniors, persons with disabilities and convalescent clients.

Care is provided within the client's residence, in which the home support worker may also reside. They are employed by home care and support agencies, private households, or they may be self-employed. 

Housekeepers perform housekeeping and other home management duties in private households and other non-institutional, residential settings. 

Example Titles attendant for persons with disabilities – home care 

family caregiver home support worker housekeeper 

live-in caregiver – seniors 

personal aide – home support personal 

care attendant – home care 

respite worker – home support 

There is a two step process

Use the 2 step process above to get the rest of the work experience you need to get permanent status Or 
Keep working in Canada with your current work permit and apply for permanent residence once you have 2 years of work experience and meet the criteria.

You may be eligible to apply for this program if you answer is yes to the following questions: 

Do you have a genuine and valid job offer from an employer in Canada? (It may be one of your relatives, friends or any eligible employer) 

Do you have the training and/or legal work experience as a Caregiver? (to have a better chance, you must have a work experience) 

Do you have an IELTS Exam Results of at least CLB 5? (Listening 5, Reading 4, Speaking 5 and Writing 5) 

Do you have at least 1 year Post Secondary Credential Canadian Equivalent? (If you finished Grade 10, you must have at least 3 years post secondary credentials. If you finished Grade 12, you must have at least 1 year post secondary credentials. You need to have your credentials assessed) 

The job offer must be: 

full-time, which means at least 30 hours of paid work each week from a Canadian employer outside the province of Quebec from an employer who’s not an embassy, high commission or consulate genuine, meaning there’s a real need to hire you 

Information on how to apply is available at 

Already in Canada? You have choices! You can: 

  • apply to one of these pilots to complete your work experience, or
  • keep working on your current work permit until you have 24 months of work experience

Applicant from the Philippines? To qualify, it is no longer enough that you have 72 units in College. 

If you finished high school within 10 school years, you must have at least 3 years of post secondary studies. If you finished Grade 12, you must finish at least 1 year post secondary program. 

Quick facts about the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot Programs 

The expiring pilots will close to new applications on June 18, 2019. Caregivers who have applied before this date will continue to have their applications processed through to a final decision. 

Caregivers who have been working toward applying to the soon-to-be-expired pilots can now apply through either the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot 

The Interim Pathway for Caregivers, the short-term pathway for caregivers who came to Canada as temporary foreign workers since 2014 but were unable to qualify for permanent residence through an existing program, will be extended. 

It will re-open on July 8, 2019 and accept applications for 3 months 

The new pilots, Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker, will each have a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants, for a total of 5,500 principal applicants per year, plus their immediate family. Initial applications to the new pilots will have a 12-month processing service standard. 

A 6-month processing standard will apply for finalizing an application after the caregiver submits proof that they have met the work experience requirement. 

With the move to occupation-specific work permits under the Home Child Care and Home Support Worker pilots, employers will no longer need a Labour Market Impact Assessment before hiring a caregiver from overseas.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

New Pathways to Permanent Residence for Caregivers - update

Last February 23, 2019 the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced that it will have two (2) new pilot programs for Caregivers.

Among the many proposed changes what stood out was the plan to allow Caregivers to:

1. Bring their dependents with them; spouse will be given the opportunity to get an Open Work Permit/children of dependent age and status will be allowed study permits. This is very different from the previous regulations where the caregiver will only have the chance to bring his or her family after they become permanent residents. 
2. be given the flexibility to change jobs quickly and still
3. be allowed to apply as a Permanent Resident when caregiver has earned the right by providing what is required to Immigrate to Canada.

 As of this writing we are still waiting for the finalized guidelines for the two (2) new pilot programs for Caregivers but to simplify I am trying to summarize what has been published about the Caregiver program so far.

So here goes.

1. an interim program was created to allow caregivers already in Canada to apply for Permanent Residence status. It is only until June 4, 2019, I repeat this is only for those already in Canada working as a caregiver for at least 1 year either as a home child provider or home support worker

2. old pilots namely caring for children program and the caring for people with high medical needs will end on Nov. 29, 2019

3. live in caregiver program has ended last Nov. 30, 2014

Which means that the 2 new pilots will most likely be published before November 29, 2019

To know more about the programs mentioned and how you will qualify, you can read from the [source].

Monday, February 25, 2019

New Pathways to Permanent Residence for Caregivers

During a neighborhood event in Ontario, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced Pilot programs to allow Caregivers in Canada to bring they family members and allow them easier access to become Permanent Residents.

“Caregivers provide care to families in Canada that need it, and it’s time for Canada to care for them in return. We are providing them with both the opportunity to bring their family members here and access permanent residency to demonstrate our commitment.” – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship(source

Caregivers will have the flexibility to change jobs quickly. Moreover, under the new pilots, applicants will be assessed for permanent residence criteria before they begin working in Canada. 

Once the caregiver has their work permit and 2 years of work experience, they will have access to a direct pathway to become a permanent resident.

The new pilot programs will replace the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots and include: Occupation-specific work permits for caregivers, providing the ability to change jobs quickly when necessary.

Open work permits for spouses/common-law partners and study permits for dependent children, to allow the caregiver’s family to accompany them to Canada. In addition, an Interim pathway that will give caregivers currently in Canada the chance o apply for PR Visa, will be launched and start accepting permanent residents visa application this March 4, 2019 until June 4, 2019, only a few months window to apply.

To qualify to apply under the Interim Pathway Caregiver in Canada must have at least 12 months of full-time work in Canada since November 30, 2014, Canadian experience as a: home child care provider, home support worker, or a mix of both, Caregiver work experience must have been gained while working in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Experience as a foster parent or housekeeper doesn’t count.

To know more you can attend our weekend seminar:

(Click on the link to make a reservation) weekend seminar.

You can also visit our office at Canadian Immigration Consultancy, 3rd floor SM Northlink Bldg., SM North Edsa Quezon City we are open daily from 10am until 8pm.

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