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Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot

Care Giver Pilot Programs - Immergity Immigration Consultant
Care Giver Pilot Programs - Immergity Immigration Consultant

On June 15, 2019, Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched 2 new pilot programs for Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker. The new pilot program started taking applications from June 18th, 2019 and it replaced the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots.

Caregivers will now only receive a work permit if they have a job offer in Canada and meet standard criteria for economic immigration programs. Once working in Canada, caregivers will be able to begin gaining the required 2 years of Canadian work experience to apply for permanent residence.

Through these new pilots, caregivers will also benefit from:

  • Occupation-specific work permits, rather than employer-specific, to allow for a fast change of employers when necessary;

  • Open work permits and/or study permits for the caregivers’ immediate family, to help families come to Canada together; and

  • A clear transition from temporary to permanent status, to ensure that once caregivers have met the work experience requirement, they will be able to become permanent residents quickly.

These new pilots provide caregivers from abroad and their families with a clear, direct pathway to permanent residence.

Home Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot WORK PERMIT REQUIREMENTS:

  1. CLB 5 in English or French, proven through an approved exam: IELTS, CELPIP, TEF or TCF

  2. 1-year or higher post-secondary education credential, Canadian or ECA Verified.

  3. Intent and ability to perform the tasks required in the NOC description, and measured by proving work experience and/or training documentation/certification.

  4. A valid (genuine) full-time Job offer from a Canadian employer(Outside Quebec).

  • The job offer can not be from an embassy, consulate or high commission.

  • Job offer must match the NOC of the applicant.

  • The job must still be open when the applicant is issued the work permit.


  • NOC 4411 – Babysitting/ Caregiving Tasks

  • Provided in-home care to children under the age of 18. You can be directly employed by private households or a child-care facility.

  • Previous experience as a foster parent will not count toward your application.


  • NOC 4412 – Caregiving tasks.

  • Provide care for someone from your own home or theirs, but do not have to reside with the person.

  • Previous experience as a housekeeper, self-employed or full-time student will not count towards your application.

Family members

Your family members are also eligible to come with you to Canada. If they want to work or study while in Canada, you can include their work or study permit applications with your application.

Disclaimer: These articles provide information of a general nature only. It may no longer be current. It does not give legal advice nor should you rely on it as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions, you should consult a lawyer. If you are looking for immigration advice, book an appointment.

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