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Patient and Nurse
CAREGIVER 
PROGRAMS 
 

Caregivers play an important role in Canada's economy and society. It currently operates two pilot programs for caregivers who wish to obtain permanent residence. The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot are 5-year pilot programs that let qualified caregivers and their family members come to Canada with the goal of becoming permanent residents.

Home Child Care Providers 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.

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.

Am I eligible to apply for the Home Child Care Provider or Home Support Worker program?

Both the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot offer permanent residence to caregivers who meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least 24 months of full-time qualifying work experience in the 36 months before submitting your application

  • Language tests results showing a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5

  • One year of Canadian post-secondary education or the foreign equivalent

  • Pass an admissibility check (health, criminality, and security)

Valid Job Offer

You have a valid and genuine job offer from a Canadian employer. The job offer must be for a full-time position – a minimum of 30 hours a week. The employer must prove that there is a real need to hire you. The job may not be from an embassy, high commission, or consulate, or for work in the province of Quebec. The job offered must be in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 4411 or 4412.

Qualifying work experience

Caregivers with work experience in NOC 4411 (excluding foster parents) may be eligible for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot:

  • You must care for children below the age of 18 in your home or your employer's home

  • You do not need to live in your employer's home to be eligible

  • Work experience as a foster parent does not count

 

Caregivers with work experience in NOC 4412 (excluding housekeepers) may be eligible for permanent residence through the Home Support Worker Pilot:

  • You must have taken care of someone who needs help from a home support worker. This can have taken place in your home or in your employer's home

  • You do not need to live in your employer's home to be eligible

  • Only home support workers can be eligible under NOC 4412

  • Experience as a housekeeper does not count

 

Language levels

You must take an IRCC-designated English or French language test and obtain a CLB or NCLC 5 in all four language skills: writing, reading, listening, and speaking.

 

Education

You must have completed a post-secondary educational credential of at least 1 year. This can be Canadian or foreign education. If it is foreign education, you must obtain an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).

 

Admissibility

IRCC completes admissibility checks on permanent residence applicants to ensure new immigrants do not pose a risk to the health and safety of Canadians. Each applicant has different documents they need to submit depending on their background. IRCC specifies its requirements in its application guide. Depending on your background, you may need to submit:

  • Biometrics

  • Medical exam

  • Police clearance certificate 

Contact Lumen Immigration for more information or assistance applying for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot. 

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