Caregiver hccp hswp

The caregiver generally refers to anyone who provides care for a person who needs extra help whereas a nanny is a professional in-home childcare provider, employed by parents to provide personalized child care for their children in their home. If an employer wants to hire a foreign in-home caregiver who is already in Canada, he/she may go for one of the following programs:

  • Live-in Caregiver Program
  • Home Child Care Provider & Home Support Worker Pilots
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Note 1: Home Child Care Provider & Worker Pilots are launched in June 2019 and will be accepting a maximum of 2750 primary applicants per year plus their immediate family.

Note 2: For a foreign worker who wants to immigrate to Canada as a caregiver/nanny, these two programs are specially designed for them.

Live-in Caregiver Program

The live-in Caregiver Program was a transparent program for a foreign worker to immigrate to Canada as a caregiver/nanny but it is closed to new applicants from November 2014. An employer can only hire a Caregiver through this program if he has:

  • Found a Caregiver who already has a Work Permit in the Live-in Caregiver Program and who is looking for a new employer
  • And been approved for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) that shows the Caregiver has agreed to live in his home.

Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot

These programs provide a pathway for eligible Caregivers to apply for permanent residence once they have acquired two years of work experience in Canada.

What do these Pilots offer?

  • Previous programs were designed to bind the Caregiver to single families which sometimes used to create a harsh workplace environment. The new pilots would encourage Caregivers to switch employers more easily.
  • In prior programs, the immediate family could not necessarily accompany the Caregiver to Canada. But these new pilots allow family members to accompany Caregivers and to apply for Open Work Permits and/or Study Permits.

Eligibility:

  • Candidates should have a job offer in Canada at the time of application for a Work Permit.
  • Eligible candidates should meet minimum language levels in English or French (CLB-5).
  • Candidates must have complete a course of one-year post-secondary education with ECA to be eligible.

Work Experience

With a Work Permit, Caregivers will be able to gain two years of mandatory work experience in order to apply for permanent residence in Canada within the preceding 3 years. Qualifying work experience means you’ve worked full-time in Canada in one of these National Occupational Classification (NOC) jobs such as NOC 4411 for Home Child Care Provider.

If the applicant is applying with less than 24 months of qualifying work experience, they must provide:

  • A valid full-time job offer, using the Offer of Employment Home Child-Care Provider form.
  • Evidence that the principal applicant is able to perform the eligible work.

    one of the following:

    • A signed and completed application for Work Permit made outside of Canada or
    • An application to Change Conditions, Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada as a Worker.
  • If the applicant is applying with at least 24 months of qualifying work experience, they must provide:
  • A properly completed program-specific schedule form (Schedule 19B, work experience) for the principal applicant.
  • Evidence that the principal applicant has accumulated qualifying work experience in Canada.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)

Families when they do not find any Canadian or Permanent Resident to provide care to children, seniors, or persons with certified medical needs, can hire a foreign Caregiver through TFWP.

Work Experience

  • With a Work Permit, Caregivers will be able to gain two years of mandatory work experience in order to apply for permanent residence in Canada within the preceding 3 years.
  • Qualifying work experience means you’ve worked full-time in Canada in one of these National Occupational classifications (NOC) jobs such as NOC 4411 for Home Child Care Provider.

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