New Caregiver Pilot Programs Aim to Secure Permanent Residence Upon Arrival in Canada

2024 July 11

Toronto, June 2024 — In a significant development for Canada’s caregiver community, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has unveiled new caregiver pilot programs designed to streamline pathways to permanent residence.

This announcement comes as the existing Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot are set to conclude in July.

Caregivers from abroad have long been essential to Canadian families, providing crucial support to children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. The new initiatives are poised to build on this foundation by offering immediate permanent resident status upon arrival and improved employment opportunities.

“These new pilot programs mark a pivotal moment in our commitment to caregivers,” remarked Minister Marc Miller. “They not only recognize the invaluable contributions of caregivers but also ensure they receive the support and pathways they deserve to build their lives here in Canada.”

Under the revamped programs, caregivers entering Canada can work with organizations providing temporary or part-time care to semi-independent individuals recovering from injuries or illnesses.

This expansion aims to cater to diverse caregiving needs while offering caregivers a more structured path to permanent residence.

To qualify for the new programs, applicants must meet specific criteria, including
• attaining a minimum Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) level 4,
• a Canadian high school diploma equivalent,
• and having recent and relevant work experience.
• Successful candidates must also secure a full-time job offer in the home care sector.

Minister Rechie Valdez, Minister of Small Business, emphasized these initiatives’ personal and societal benefits: “Generations of caregivers have devoted themselves to our families and communities. These programs are a testament to their dedication and their role in shaping Canada’s compassionate care landscape.”

Implementing these pilot programs underscores Canada’s ongoing efforts to adapt to the evolving demands of its aging population and diverse caregiver needs. Detailed eligibility criteria and application procedures will be outlined closer to the program’s full launch, ensuring transparency and accessibility for interested candidates.


Quick Facts:

• The Live-in Caregiver Program, once housing over 60,000 individuals in June 2014, now retains less than 1% of that inventory.

• Canada plans to admit more than 15,000 caregivers as permanent residents under the 2024–2026 Immigration Levels Plan.

• Since 2019, nearly 5,700 caregivers and their families have obtained permanent residency through pilot programs.

This article reflects the latest developments in Canada’s efforts to enhance caregiver support and immigration policies, highlighting a pivotal shift toward recognizing and valuing the contributions of caregivers within Canadian society.

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