Many Canadian families with young children and elderly family members rely on caregivers to provide support, and care in their homes. For families looking to hire a caregiver from overseas, or to support permanent residence for a caregiver already in Canada, the primary pathways are the Home Child Care Provider Pilot Program and the Home Support Worker Program. These programs have a cap of 2750 applicants per program annually, and each year the Home Child Care program is in high demand. In 2022 the program opened on January 1 and was full and closed to new applicants on January 17, 2022. We anticipate that the program could be oversubscribed and close quickly this year.
We are currently holding consultations for prospective clients who are interested in filing an application to support a foreign caregiver's application for permanent residence and a work permit from now until November 1, 2022.
The IRCC Caregiver program is the main route to support foreign caregivers with an application for permanent residence and a work permit. The program is capped at 2750 applicants annually in each stream. Processing times are in excess of 12 months for an occupation specific work permit (not limited to a single employer).
In order to support a foreign caregiver's application for permanent residence and a work permit under this program a prospective Canadian employer will need to:
Make a valid job offer to the caregiver
Offer at least the prevailing wage for the position (depends on the location of work)
Have a payroll account in Canada
Have a genuine need for a caregiver for a child/children or person with medical needs (including seniors)
In order to qualify the caregiver will need to:
Pass a Language Test - English or French (minimum CLB 5)
Have completed the equivalent of at least a 1 year post-secondary education credential (and have the education assessed by a designated organization)
Have a valid job offer from an eligible employer
Have experience as a caregiver, with proof of that experience
The caregiver program allows applicants to include their spouse and accompanying dependent children. Caregivers and their families must also meet admissibility requirements (criminal, medical, etc).
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/caregivers/child-care-home-support-worker.html