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Work Experience For Canada Caregiver Programs Cut to 12 Months

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Work Experience For Canada Caregiver Programs Cut to 12 Months


Canada is lowering the in-Canada caregiver work experience requirement for permanent residency (PR) to 12 months from 24 months. Previously, in-Canada caregivers required 24 months of experience to apply for permanent residency under two 5-year pilot programs, the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot. The work experience change is effective April 30, 2023, is retroactive to caregivers who have already applied. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will confirm that applicants have the required amount of work experience.

A recent labour force survey shows that over 7,000 immigrants were hired in January 2023, and there were 131,800 job vacancies as of November 2022. Canada has a need for more child caregivers as the majority of Canadian families are either single-parent or dual-income and both parents work outside the home.

“Caregivers are an important option for families in Canada and have played an instrumental role in the lives of many growing children, aging parents, and those who need additional specialized care. By reducing the work experience required in Canada to one year, more caregivers and their families will become eligible to transition to permanent residence sooner, meaning that they can settle down and start the next chapter of their lives here in Canada.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

According to IRCC, this change will benefit 90% of applications presently in processing, and assist both new caregivers and those who have been already providing care in Canada for some time.

  • Caregivers and their families will benefit from a faster pathway to permanent residence.
  • IRCC will improve processing and application.
  • Both pilot programs will still conclude in June 2024.

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Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot Programs

The Home Child Care Provider and the Home Support Worker are 5-year pilot programs that let qualified caregivers and their family members come to Canada to become a permanent resident after 2 years of work experience in Canada, which will be 12 months effect April 30, 2023.

  • Employers will no longer need an LMIA for hiring caregivers from overseas
  • Work permits will be occupation specific, instead of the previous employer specific, so caregivers can change jobs.
  • There is a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants per year, plus their immediate family.
  • Caregivers' immediate families are eligible for open work permits and/or study permits.


Do You Want A Work Permit As A Caregiver in Canada?

Do you want a work permit as a live-in caregiver in Canada? Live-in caregivers in Canada must be qualified to provide care for the elderly, disabled or children. They work in private homes and do not have direct supervision as they do their jobs. In Canada, to be deemed a live-in caregiver, the worker must live in the home of the employer.

Ackah Business Immigration Law provides personal and business immigration legal services. Call us at (403) 452-9515 or email us at contact@ackahlaw.com. With offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, Ackah Law can assist clients across Canada.

Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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