The Home Support Worker Pilot is one of the two caregiver pilots launched in June 2019. This pathway is meant for foreign nationals with work experience in NOC 4412.
This pilot is meant to bring Home Support Workers to Canada on short-term work permits, with the liberty to apply for permanent residence after earning enough work experience.
What Does the Pilot Offer?
The new programs revise two main issues with the previous caregiver pilot programs:
- The ability for caregivers to switch jobs: Caregiver programs have always been criticized in the past because they bind caregivers to single families, creating an environment conducive to workplace abuse. The new pilots will allow caregivers to more easily change employers.
- Accompanying family members: In past programs, spouses/partners and children couldn’t necessarily accompany the caregiver to Canada. Under the new programs, relations are going to be qualified to accompany caregivers and can be eligible to apply for open work permits and/or study permits.
Other Options for Caregivers
In addition to the Home Child Care Support Pilot, the government is introducing the Home Child Care Provider Pilot. These two pilots are expected to be similar, with the home Support Worker targeting those with experience in NOC 4411 instead of NOC 4412.
Interested applicants must meet the requisites listed below:
Eligible candidates will have an employment offer in Canada at the time of their application for a work permit.
With a working permit, caregivers are going to be granted authority to gain the 2 years of mandatory work experience needed for them to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Eligible candidates are required to meet Canadian Language Benchmark level 5.
Applicants must have one year of Canadian post-secondary education or foreign to be considered eligible.
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