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Canada Announces New Pilot Programs to Support Caregivers and Families, Plans to Make Caregivers Program Permanent

Plans to Make Caregivers Program Permanent

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June 3, 2024—Toronto

Caregivers from abroad are invaluable to Canadian families, significantly enhancing the lives of children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities through their dedicated work.

With the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot concluding later this month, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, announced the launch of new, improved caregiver pilot programs. These programs will continue to welcome caregivers to Canada while we work toward making the caregiver pilot programs permanent.

The new pilot programs will grant home care workers permanent residence (PR) upon arrival in Canada. Caregivers will also have the opportunity to work with organizations that provide temporary or part-time care for those who are semi-independent or recovering from an injury or illness. This pathway simplifies the process for caregivers to secure appropriate employment with reliable employers and offers immediate access to permanent resident status upon their arrival in Canada.

To be eligible for these new pilot programs, candidates interested in working in Canada’s home care sector must meet the following criteria:

  • Achieve at least a level 4 on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).
  • Possess the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma.
  • Have recent and relevant work experience.
  • Secure a full-time job offer in home care.

These new PR on arrival pilot programs represent a significant advancement in addressing the evolving home care needs of Canada’s diverse population. Comprehensive details, including full eligibility criteria and application procedures, will be provided before the official launch of the pilots.

Quotes

“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.”
– The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship


“After hearing stories and feedback from caregivers across Canada, I am proud that we are taking concrete action to create policies to support the caregiver community. Generations of women and men have advocated for this important pathway and have cared for our families and loved ones here in Canada. Now is the time to return the care they deserve.”
– The Honourable Rechie Valdez, Minister of Small Business

Key Information

  • In June 2014, the Live-in Caregiver Program had an inventory of over 60,000 individuals. Today, less than 1% of that inventory remains.
  • Under the 2024–2026 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada aims to admit over 15,000 caregivers as permanent residents.
  • By April 30, 2024, nearly 5,700 caregivers and their family members have become permanent residents through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot, which were launched in 2019.


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