Caregiver Pathway

Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker

Canada has introduced two new caregiver programs to provide a pathway for caregivers to become permanent residents. The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker programs are now accepting applications since June 18, 2019 and have replaced the previously available Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Need programs.

UPDATES on Caregiver Pathway :

  • A total of 5,500 primary applicants and their families can be accepted each year through two new pilots: Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker, with a maximum limit of 2,750 primary applicants each.
  • The processing time for the first stage of application will take 12 months, while proof of meeting the work experience requirement will result in a 6-month processing time for the final decision.
  • Employers are no longer required to have a Labor Market Impact Assessment for hiring caregivers from abroad under the new occupation-specific work permits for Home Child Care and Home Support Worker pilots.
  • The previous programs, Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Need, will no longer accept new applications as of June 18, 2019. Those who have applied before this date will continue to have their applications processed.
  • Caregivers who have previously been preparing to apply to the expired programs can now apply through either the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot.