Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot

The 5-year pilot programs that let qualified caregivers and their family members come to Canada with the goal of becoming permanent residents.

Caregiver Program

The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot are 5-year programs that let qualified care givers and their relatives come to Canada with the objective of becoming perpetual inhabitants. 


If you have a valid job offer in Canada as a caregiver or have experience working in Canada as a caregiver, you may be able to apply for permanent residence through one of these pilots.

The application process will depend on your situation and the duration of  your qualifying work experience.

Glossary of terms used on this page.

Who is eligible to apply for a Home child care or home support worker pilot?

Work permits under The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot will be issued to eligible caregivers who have a valid job offer in Canada and fulfill the following criteria:

  • Have English Language tests results with a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5;

  • Have completed 1-year of post-secondary education in Canada or an equivalent foreign credential supported by a valid Education Credential Assessment (ECA); and

  • Are admissible to Canada.

There are 2 ways to apply under this program:

1. Submit a work permit application related to a permanent residence application.

2. Submit a work permit application without a permanent residence application.

You can apply from:

1. Outside Canada 

2. Inside Canada

Through these pilots, you will get an open work permit to come to Canada and work temporarily. This work permit:

  • is occupation-restricted (so you have to work in that specific occupation)

  • doesn’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

  • lets you get the work experience you need to be eligible for permanent residence

If you recently worked as a home child care provider or support worker, your experience may count towards your eligibility for permanent residence.

What are the job requirements for the Home child care of home support worker pilot?


​To be considered eligible, your job offer needs to match the following NOC codes: 

Home Child Care Provider Pilot - Caregivers with work experience in NOC 4411 (excluding foster parents).

Home Support Worker Pilot - Caregivers with work experience in NOC 4412 (excluding housekeepers).

Additionally, the job you’re offered must be:

  • Genuine and valid (meaning there’s a real need to hire you).

  • Full-time (at least 30 hours of paid work each week).

  • From a Canadian employer (except for the employers listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions or employers who regularly offer striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages)

  • Outside the province of Quebec ( the province of Quebec has their own rules and requirements) 

  • From an employer who is not an embassy, high commission or consulate.

Who is an eligible to apply for Canadian permanent residence as a caregiver?


​Candidates who have been working in Canada and have accumulated a total work experience of 24 months and meet the other eligibility requirements have the option to transition to permanent residents of Canada. Additionally, candidates who do not have the qualifying Canadian work experience but meet other requirements can also apply for a Canadian permanent residence. Such applicants must provide proof of: 

1. Valid job offer & 

2. Ability to perform the work

What are the steps to apply as a caregiver for immigration to Canada?

Step 1: Get a valid job offer - You need a genuine and valid job offer before you apply. 


Step 2: Complete your application - Fill out the relevant forms on a computer, based on where you apply from - Outside or Inside Canada.


Step 3: Pay your application fees

In most cases, your fees include:


Study and work permit fees for your family members

If your family members are applying for study or work permits with your application, you need to pay fees for those too.

* include all your receipts with your application.

Step 4: Submit your application

How the process works:

  1. You apply to either the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot, depending on which occupation you plan to work in.

  2. You submit a work permit application together with your permanent residence application.

  3. If you meet the requirements, you get a work permit to work in Canada temporarily.

  4. The work permit you get is an occupation-restricted open work permit and lets you work as a caregiver for any employer.

  5. Get at least 24 months of work experience to qualify for permanent residence.

  6. You send us proof of your work experience once you have enough.

  7. We make a final decision on your application for permanent residence.


Source - www.Canada.ca

What if I do not qualify under the pilot projects, can I still work in Canada as a Caregiver?

If you do not meet the requirements for permanent residence as a caregiver, you may be able to work in Canada temporarily.

If you are currently working inside Canada - Apply to extend your work permit through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

Your employer will need to get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) first.


Apply for a new work permit

In most cases, you can apply for a work permit to work in Canada temporarily as a caregiver through the TFWP if:

  • you’re in Canada and eligible to apply for a work permit from inside Canada

  • you’re outside Canada and your employer applied for an LMIA before June 18, 2019, or

  • you’ll be working in Quebec


Your employer will need to get a positive LMIA first.

What are the reasons for refusal of Caregiver application to immigrate to Canada?

Always remember that the burden of proof lies with the applicant. The immigration department of Canada will make a decision on proof that they find genuine and authentic. 

Here are some of the main reasons why your application could be refused:

  1. You do not meet the eligibility criteria for the program;

  2. There were errors in the Canadian caregiver application forms;

  3. There was a misrepresentation of facts presented in your application;

  4. You are unable to meet basic requirements for a valid & genuine job offer;

  5. You or your family members are inadmissible to Canada.

How Can I Avoid a Canadian Immigration Refusal?

Refusal or denial can be painful and stressful. Most people think that they know what they're doing and will do it right. Not all of them can actually claim that they will not make a mistake. Immigration applications to Canada are a 1-time opportunity. A mistake can lead to irreparable damage to your profile. Therefore, you may want to consider hiring a professional immigration consultant who has the knowledge and expertise in matters of Canadian immigration laws. 

Contact us now to connect with our Regulated Canadian  Immigration Consultant (RCIC).

Frequently asked questions

Can my spouse work in Canada while their application is being processed?

Canada allows spouses and common-law partners of Canadians or permanent residents to obtain an Open Work Permit while their Inland spousal sponsorship application for permanent residence (PR) is being processed. In order to be issued an open work permit, you must:

  1. Have submitted an application under the Spousal/Common-Law Partner Sponsorship Immigration Program;
  2. Reside at the same address as the sponsor (spouse/common-law partner);
  3. Have a valid temporary resident status (as a visitor, student, or worker); and
  4. Meet all eligibility requirements under spousal or common-law partner sponsorship, your spouse must meet all the eligibility requirements.

Can i sponsor my spouse if i was previously married?

If you are legally divorced, then you can apply for a spousal sponsorship. However, if you were an applicant for spousal sponsorship in the last 5 years preceding the application, then you are not eligible for a spousal sponsorship.

I got divorced after being sponsored by a spouse, can i sponsor my new spouse?

There is a five-year sponsorship restriction for anyone who has been sponsored as a spouse/common-law partner himself or herself. This means that you cannot sponsor a new spouse or common-law partner within the first five years after you become a permanent resident, even if you have left your sponsor and you have now remarried.

I married a Canadian citizen, do i automatically become a permanent resident or Citizen of Canada?

No. To obtain permanent residence (PR) or Canadian Citizenship you have to go through a formal immigration process and follow the same steps and meet the same eligibility requirement as everyone else.

What happens if I do not want to sponsor someone anymore?

You may be ablt to withdraw your application as long as the person you are sponsoring has not received their Permanent Resident status in Canada. You may even be eligible for a refund if IRCC hasn’t actually started processing your application.

How much money do I need to sponsor my spouse to Canada?

You do not need to demonstrate a minimum amount of income to sponsor a spouse. However, whenever you sponsor a family member to Canada, you must sign an undertaking, in which you promise to provide financial support for the basic needs of your sponsored family member.

Can i appeal a refusal of my spousal sponsorship application?

Not all spouse visa refusals are eligible for sponsorship appeal. Only spouses or partners who submitted outland sponsorship can be appealed to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD). You have 30 days after receiving the refusal letter to appeal to the IAD.

Can i leave Canada while my Spousal Sponsorship application is being processed?

Yes, absolutely. You can leave at your own free will. However, in order to return to Canada, you will need to have proper documentation or visa (as applicable).

Can i sponsor somone while i am living outside Canada?

Only Canadian citizens have the option to apply for Spousal sponsorship while not being in Canada themselves. They, however, need to prove that they will move back to Canada once the sponsorship application has been approved. Permanent residents of Canada can only be a sponsor while they are living inside Canada.