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Canada Immigration - Care-Giver Pilot 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.

quick facts

  • Processing time: 24 months++

  • Processing fee: Program Specific

  • Minimum Work Experience: 1 year.

  • Minimum Education: 1 year degree or diploma certificate in relevant field.

  • Minimum language benchmark: CLB 5.

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.


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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.

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