As of October 8, 2019, Canada has closed the Interim Pathway for Caregivers. This pathway was temporary, providing a permanent residence option for caregivers while Canada rolls out two new caregiver pilot programs through 2019.
Caregivers who are interested in immigrating to Canada still have options. There are currently two immigration programs in operation that are specifically designed for caregivers.
The new pilot programs opened for applications on June 18, 2019, replacing the expiring Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots, which have been criticized for keeping some workers stuck in abusive workplaces and apart from their families abroad. The Liberal government, which was not in office when those pilots were introduced in 2014, labeled them “ineffective”.
Caregivers will now only receive a work permit if they have a job offer in Canada and meet standard criteria for economic immigration programs. Once working in Canada, caregivers will be able to begin gaining the required two years of Canadian work experience to apply for permanent residence.
Through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot, caregivers will also benefit from:
• occupation-specific work permits, rather than employer-specific, to allow for a fast change of employers when necessary;
• open work permits and/or study permits for the caregivers’ immediate family, to help families come to Canada together; and
• a clear transition from temporary to permanent status, to ensure that once caregivers have met the work experience requirement, they will be able to become permanent residents quickly.
These new pilots provide caregivers from abroad and their families with a clear, direct pathway to permanent residence.
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