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2024-2026 Immigration plan: Canada launched new permanent caregiver pilot programme 

 2024-2026 Immigration plan: Canada launched new permanent caregiver pilot programme

As the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot come to a close later this month, Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced new, enhanced caregiver pilots. This will allow caregivers to continue to come to Canada, as we work toward making the caregiver pilot programs permanent.

The new pilot programs will provide home care workers with permanent residence (PR) on arrival in Canada. They will also be allowed to work for organizations that provide temporary or part­time care for people who are semi-independent or recovering from an injury or illness. This new pathway means that caregivers can more easily find proper work with reliable employers and have clear, straightforward access to permanent resident status as soon as they arrive in Canada.

Through these new pilot programs, candidates interested in working in Canada’s home care sector will be eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

Attain a minimum of level 4 based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)
Hold the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma
Have recent and relevant work experience
Receive an offer for a full-time home care job

In June 2014, there was an inventory of over 60,000 persons for the Live-in Caregiver Program. Today, less than 1% of that Live-in Caregiver Program inventory remains.

As part of the 2024–2026 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada will admit over 15,000 caregivers as permanent residents.

As of April 30, 2024, nearly 5,700 caregivers and their family members have become permanent residents since the launch of the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot in 2019.

These new PR-on-arrival pilot programs mark an important step forward in Canada’s efforts to meet the evolving home care needs of its diverse population. After the full launch of the pilots, more information will be available including full eligibility criteria and details on how to apply.

“Caregivers play a critical role in supporting Canadian families, and our programs need to reflect their invaluable contributions. As we work to implement a permanent caregivers program, these two new pilots will not only improve support for caregivers, but also provide families with the quality care they deserve,” says Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

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