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Caregiver Program

Under the new pilots, applicants will be assessed for permanent residence criteria before they begin working in Canada. Once the caregiver has their work permit and 2 years of work experience, they will have access to a direct pathway to become a permanent resident.

These pilot programs will replace the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots and include:

  • Occupation-specific work permits for caregivers, providing the ability to change jobs quickly when necessary.
  • Open work permits for spouses/common-law partners and study permits for dependent children, to allow the caregiver’s family to accompany them to Canada.

In addition, the Minister also launched the Interim Pathway for Caregivers, which will be open from March 4, 2019, until June 4, 2019.


Work experience

You must have at least 24 months of full-time work experience in Canada as a home child care provider in the four years (48 months) before you apply.

  • full-time work means at least 30 hours of paid work per week
  • you can have breaks in employment (for example, periods where you were not employed, sick leave, parental leave)
  • any work experience you had while you were a full-time student does not count

As a home child care provider, your work must match the description in Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) Group 4411.

  • foster parents are not eligible
  • you must show that you performed the duties in the job description, including most of the main duties

You must have cared for children under the age of 18, in your own home or in your employer’s home. You do not need to have lived in your employer’s home to qualify

How to Apply


Initiate the process of hiring a temporary foreign worker. The Employer needs to meet minimum LICO specifications


Follow the process of hiring and get the ESDC approval if the employer does not get a local employee


Once you get the LMIA approval, you can submit the work permit application for the employee and then subsequently Permanent residence

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