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Child Care and Home Support Pilot

A pathway to permanent residence for caregivers with Canadian experience

General information

Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot programs (not including Québec) accept 2,750 applications plus family members per year, and allow experienced caregivers to work and settle in Canada after having at least 24 months of qualifying work experience

Basic requirements
Experience, training or qualifications related to the job offered, excluding experience as a foster parent or domestic helper
Equivalent to 1-year post-secondary education in Canada
Job offer
Full-time under NOC 44100 - Home Child Care Provider or NOC 44101 - Home Support Worker
CLB 5 or higher

Application process

Process timeline of reviewing the work permit application and
granting permanent resident status after having qualifying work experience in Canada

Application submission
Stage 1

Submit both work permit and permanent resident application to IRCC when eligible with a valid job offer.

Biometrics collection
Stage 2

Receive a request from IRCC for biometrics collection at visa application centers to verify identity and admissibility.

Medical examination
Stage 3

Receive a request from IRCC for a medical examination with panel physicians to provide proof of the health conditions.

Issuance of Work Permit
Stage 4

Application approved, the applicant receives a visa to Canada and will be issued a work permit after landing.

Accumulating experience
Stage 5

The applicant works for at least 24 months as a caregiver in Canada to get qualifying experience for permanent resident application.Work at least 24 months

Get PR Status
Stage 6

Application approved, the applicant gets Permanent Resident status after landing or confirming on IRCC Portal.

Applicants must accumulate experience in Canada as a caregiver for at least 24 months to complete their permanent resident application.

Success factors

Crucial elements affect the decision

Settlement fund
Canadian work experience
Work experience
Employer supports
Occupation in Canada
Job position
Field study in Canada
Submission time
Employer Letter of Support
Community referral letter
Job offer
Residential area
Provincial nomination
Study Permit
Work permit
Education in Canada
Relatives in Canada


Benefits the applicant and their accompanying family members are entitled to when becoming permanent residents


The immigration application includes the applicant's spouse and children

Work and study
Work and study

Have legal status in Canada while accumulating the required experience


Access to high-quality modern public health care as same as Canadian


Free or lower tuition for children depends on the level of education


Access to social benefits as same as Canadian

Mobility right
Mobility right

Live and work anywhere under Permanent Resident status


Ability to sponsor relatives if the conditions are met


Ability to obtain citizenship if residency conditions are met

Specific requirements

Important requirements the applicant should note

  • Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot program are a pathway to work and settle in Canada for caregivers, with relevant experience, qualifications or training, to provide support and care to children, elderly persons or persons with disabilities
  • The applicant submits work permit and permanent residence applications at the same time. The work permit will be issued first for the applicant to accumulate Canadian work experience for at least 2 years, and the permanent resident status is granted shortly thereafter.
  • The applicant will be issued an occupation-restricted open work permit that allows them to work for any employers in certain occupations.
  • The work permit and permanent resident applications include spouses, children and grandchildren. Accompanying spouse or common-law will be issued an open work permit and become a permanent resident at the same time.
  • There is an annual limit of 2,750 applications plus family members to each eligible occupation

Immigration Ineligibility

  • Misrepresentation: directly or indirectly misrepresenting or withholding material facts that cause or may cause administrative errors of the government
  • Have failed to comply with any immigration act or regulation
  • Have a family member who is inadmissible to Canada
  • Financial ground: unable or unwilling to financially support yourself and accompanying family members
  • Medical ground: have a health condition that is dangerous to public health, public safety or may cause excessive demand on health or social services
  • Have committed a crime, including impaired driving
  • Membership in criminal organizations for activities such as human trafficking or money laundering
  • National security reasons: espionage, subversion of government, violence or terrorism, or membership of related organizations
  • Violations of human rights or international law such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, or being a prescribed senior official of a government that engages or has engaged in these activities

Job offer

  • Full-time under NOC 44100 - Home Child Care Provider or NOC 44101 - Home Support Worker
  • Work at the applicant's home or in the employer’s home
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is not mandatory
  • Allow up to 2 private household employers to share responsibilities of the job offer


  • Have relevant experience, qualifications or training
  • Not include experience as a foster parent or a housekeeper



Minimum CLB 5, assessed by 1 of 4 language proficiency tests within the last 2 years:


  • Meet or exceed the median wage for the same position and region based on the reports of Job Bank
  • Income is calculated based on base salary, not including bonuses, commissions, profit-sharing distributions, tips, overtime wages, housing allowances, rents, or other similar payments
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