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  • Writer's pictureVictoria Vieira

Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilots Open to New Applications

The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot are two caregiver pilots that have been launched in Canada. The programs are designed for foreign nationals with caregiver work experience to work in Canada on temporary work permits, with the ability to apply for permanent residence in Canada after gaining enough work experience. As of January 1, 2023, the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot are open to new applications.

The programs allow Canadian citizens and permanent residents to hire foreign caregivers to work in their homes:

· Home Support Worker Pilot: aimed at individuals who work with young children under the age of 18

· Home Child Care Provider Pilot: aimed at individuals who work with seniors, persons with disabilities and recovering patients.


Through these pilots, individuals may be able to apply for permanent residence if the eligibility requirements are met and a job offer is provided to work in one of those occupations. Some eligibility requirements include English or French language requirements, proof of completion of post-secondary education of at least 1 year in Canada or a valid education credential assessment report for post-secondary education obtained outside of Canada, and previous applicable experience as a Home Child Care Provider or Home Support Worker, depending on the pilot being applied for. Alternatively, individuals may be able to apply for permanent residence if there is already Canadian work experience in an eligible caregiver occupation, meaning that individuals who recently worked as a home child care provider or support worker may have the experience count towards permanent residence eligibility.

Applicants under both pilots may apply from within or outside of Canada. Applicants may also apply with or without at least 24 months of qualifying work experience. Notably, applicants must also be admissible to Canada against financial, health and criminal factors per Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regulations.

In 2023, there are a limited number of applications that are being accepted and the online application cap has already been reached for one category under the Home Child Care Provider Pilot. That said, time is of essence for applications.


Canadian employers can hire a caregiver under both programs and must provide a full-time, non-seasonal offer of employment in either occupation, and must hire outside of the province of Quebec. The offer must be made using the Offer of Employment: Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot form. The offer must be genuine and valid when the applicant is issued the initial occupation-specific work permit.

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To check your eligibility under this program as an employer or applicant, our team at Fomcenco Law will gladly assist you in compiling and submitting such applications. For more details on requirements and the application process, contact us at 416-999-8005 or email

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