Canada Announces New Caregiver Pilots With Direct PR On-Arrival


Canada Announces New Caregiver Pilots with Direct PR On-Arrival:
Canada’s Immigration Minister Marc Miller announced new, upgraded caregiver pilots that will allow caregivers to continue coming to Canada while they work to make the caregiver pilot programs permanent.

The new pilot programs will grant home care professionals permanent residency (PR) as soon as they arrive in Canada.

They will also be able to work with organizations that provide temporary or part-time care to those who are semi-independent or recovering from an injury or illness.

This new method enables caregivers to more easily find suitable work with reputable companies and gain clear, uncomplicated access to permanent resident status on-arrival in Canada.

Here is the official announcement that Minister Miller of Immigration made.

Candidates interested in working in Canada’s home care sector will be able to apply under these new pilot programs if they match the following criteria:

  • a minimum of level 4 in English or French proficiency based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)
  • Education level equivalent to Canadian high school diploma
  • have latest relevant work experience
  • have a full-time job offer in home care

Miller confirmed that the pilot is expected to be launched by the end of fall 2024 or, at the latest, in early 2025.

These new PR on arrival pilot initiatives represent a significant step forward in Canada’s attempts to fulfill the changing home care demands of its varied population.

More information will be available prior to the pilots’ official launch, including full eligibility requirements and application instructions.

Our Expectation Prior to the Announcement?

It is expected that Minister Miller can make the two caregiver pilots a permanent program or announce two new caregiver pilots with new changes for further improvements.

The Globe and Mail reports that a new enhanced version of ongoing caregiver pilots will offer a pathway to permanent residency to caregivers upon arrival in Canada.

“As we work to implement a permanent caregiver program, these two new pilots will not only improve support for caregivers but also provide families with the quality care they deserve,” Minister Miller said in a statement.

Caregivers working for groups that provide temporary or part-time care to people who are semi-independent or recovering from an injury or illness will also be eligible for the new programs, which Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said will eventually become permanent.

As part of its overall immigration targets, Canada will accept more than 15,000 caregivers as permanent residents over the next two years, according to the IRCC.

The current programs, the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot, enable eligible caregivers and their family members to come to Canada with the intention of becoming permanent residents.

The application process is dependent on the applicants’ position and the quantity of qualifying work experience they have.

The guidelines require caretakers to pass an English language test at level 5, which is higher than the level necessary for citizenship.

They must have worked for two years and completed one year of higher education.

To be eligible for the new improved pilot programs, foreign caregivers must have an offer for a full-time home-care position, meet language standards, have the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma, and have recent and relevant work experience.

“This new pathway means that caregivers can more easily find proper work with reliable employers and have clear, straightforward access to permanent-resident status as soon as they arrive in Canada,” the IRCC stated in a statement.

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