Canada's caregiver program Canada just opened two new 5-year pilot programs for caregivers who wish to become permanent residents. Replacing the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots, the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots opened for applications on June 18, 2019. In order to receive work permits, foreign caregivers need a valid job offer to work in Canada and meet the criteria of the economic immigration programs.
Canada will accept a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants per pilot. In other words, 5,500 applicants and their families can benefit from this new initiative per year. These numbers support the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, declaration: “Canada is caring for our caregivers. We made a commitment to improve the lives of caregivers and their families who come from around the world to care for our loved ones and with these new pilots, we are doing exactly that.”
According to the Canadian government’s website, initial applications to the new pilots will have a 12-month processing service standard. A 6-month processing standard will apply for finalizing an application after submitting proof that they have met the work experience requirement.