New PR on Arrival Pilot Programs

Canada Caregiver Program 2024

Canada Caregiver Program 2024 ‘New PR on Arrival Pilot Programs’

Last year (February 2023), Canada’s Immigration Department announced new measures to support caregivers in acquiring permanent residency.

Recognizing the significant role caregivers from abroad have played in supporting Canadian families for decades, the government provided a pathway to permanent residency as a privilege, aiming to acknowledge their substantial contributions. This year as well, on June 3, 2024, the government announced an enhanced caregiver pilot program.

The newly improved pilot program aims to enhance accessibility for caregivers of children, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Following the conclusion of last year’s pilot programs for home daycare service providers and home support workers on June 17, the new launch pilot program begins.

This initiative signifies Canada’s intent to permanently establish the caregiver pilot program, anticipating continued caregiver arrivals to Canada through this program.

The new pilot program offers opportunities to candidates working in Canada’s home care sector (Home Care Workers). Interested candidates who meet the following criteria can apply:

  • Must achieve a minimum level 4 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).
  • Must possess a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent qualification.
  • Must have recent work experience in home care.
  • Must have received a full-time job offer in home care.

Importantly, the new pilot program expands beyond traditional roles in private homes to include professional requirements, providing candidates with greater flexibility. Through this, caregivers can work for organizations offering temporary or part-time care to semi-independent or recovering individuals from injury or illness. More details from IRCC are expected to be released closer to the official launch of the new pilot program.

The new pilot program will provide permanent residency to caregivers upon arrival in Canada. In contrast to previous pilot programs which required a minimum of 12 months of full-time Canadian work experience before starting the permanent residency application process, the newly announced pilot program does not have this condition, which is expected to be a significant change for home care applicants.

Furthermore, the new pilot program is expected to play a crucial role in achieving Canada’s immigration goals. According to the 2024-2026 immigration level plan, Canada plans to recognize over 15,000 caregivers as permanent residents.

Quick Facts about the Caregiver Program so far:

  • As of June 2014, participation in the permanent caregiver program exceeded 60,000, and currently, the inventory of the Live-in Caregiver Program is less than 1%.

  • As part of the 2024-2026 immigration level plan, Canada plans to recognize over 15,000 caregivers as permanent residents.

  • As of April 30, 2024, nearly 5,700 caregivers and their families have become permanent residents since the launch of the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot in 2019.

The new pilot program represents significant progress in Canada’s ongoing efforts to meet changing home care needs across diverse populations and to demonstrate lessons learned from past pilot programs.

In other words, the new program aims to provide caregivers with a clear pathway to permanent residency and ensure transparency and predictability in the immigration journey.

It is important to note that this program aims to alleviate ongoing labor market disparities by offering Canadians more options for home care services. We hope many applicants will settle in Canada through the new pilot program, different from the existing caregiver programs.