Canada’s New Caregiver Pilot Program (June 2019)

Canada’s New Caregiver Pilot Program (June 2019)

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Hire a home childcare provider or home support worker

The Canadian Government announced a new caregiver program in June 2019.

You can hire:

  • Home Child Care Provider pilot
    • National Occupational Classification 4411, excluding foster parents
  • Home Support Worker pilot
    • National Occupational Classification 4412, excluding housekeepers

Make sure the candidate is eligible

To get a work permit, the foreign national (caregiver) must show that they meet the eligibility and admissibility requirements of the pilots. This includes:

  • language test results that show they can communicate in English or French
  • a Canadian post-secondary diploma or certificate of at least 1 year, or an Educational Credential Assessment report, which shows how their education compares to a Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least 1 year
  • work experience in National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes 4411 or 4412.

Once they have the offer of employment, the candidate will submit their permanent residence application through either the Home Child Care Provider or Home Support Worker pilot. They’ll also have to submit a work permit application along with their permanent residence application. If they meet the permanent residence criteria, they’ll get a work permit.

The work permit will be valid for 3 years and will let the candidate work for any employer outside Quebec, in one of the eligible occupations (National Occupational Classification 4411, excluding foster parents, or 4412, excluding housekeepers).

It can take up to 12 months for the worker to get their work permit. You should plan ahead if you’re hiring a caregiver through these pilots.


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