Canada introduces new pilot programs to assist caregivers and families and plans to make the caregiver program permanent

Caregivers from abroad play a crucial role for Canadian families, significantly impacting the lives of children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities through their dedicated efforts.

As the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot conclude later this month, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced new and improved caregiver pilot programs. These initiatives will enable caregivers to continue coming to Canada, with the goal of making these programs permanent.

The new pilot programs will grant home care workers permanent residence (PR) upon their arrival in Canada. Additionally, they will be permitted to work for organizations offering temporary or part-time care to semi-independent individuals or those recovering from injuries or illnesses. This pathway will simplify the process for caregivers to secure appropriate employment with trustworthy employers and gain immediate access to permanent resident status upon arrival.

Candidates interested in Canada’s home care sector can apply for these new pilot programs if they meet the following criteria:

  • Achieve a minimum level 4 on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)
  • Possess the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma
  • Have recent and relevant work experience
  • Obtain an offer for a full-time home care position

These new PR on arrival pilot programs represent a significant advancement in Canada’s efforts to address the evolving home care needs of its diverse population. More information, including full eligibility criteria and application details, will be provided before the pilots’ full launch.

Source: Government of Canada

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