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  • Writer's pictureGiuseppe Marini

New Pathways to Permanent Residence: Canada to Reduce Work Experience Requirements for Caregivers

Caregivers from abroad have played a fundamental role in supporting Canadian families from all backgrounds. The Canadian government has recognized their contribution and has offered more accessible pathways to permanent residence in return. On February 10th, 2023, members of Parliament Salma Zahid and Rechie Valdez, on behalf of the Minister of Immigration, announced that the amount of work experience in Canada required for a caregiver to qualify for permanent residence will be reduced from 24 months to 12 months. Caregivers who already have work experience in Canada from a previous work permit will be given reserved spaces, so they are still able to apply for permanent residence. These changes will come into force and apply retrospectively to pre-existing applicants as of April 30th, 2023.

The adjustment in criteria applies to applicants from both the Home Child Care Provider (HCCP) pilot and the Home Support Worker (HSW) pilot. This will include applicants who were already received by the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) and prospective applicants for the latter portions of five-year pilot programmes.

By reducing the amount of work experience required in Canada, the IRCC indicates a correlative improvement in the processing of applications. This will benefit 90% of applicants. The advantage of these alterations is that caregivers and their families will enjoy a more efficient path to permanent residence that will eventually lead to successful settlement in Canada.

“Caregivers are indispensable in assisting Canadian families, and it's an honour for us to provide them a more expedited route to permanent residence and prosperous integration into Canada. The decreased work experience requirement and reserved pathways to permanent residence recognize the sacrifices that caregivers make and the value of their work to Canadian society.”

– Salma Zahid, Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre

“It is our responsibility to support caregivers in Canada. Reducing work experience and creating reserved pathways to permanent residence are just a couple of ways we can show our appreciation for the sacrifices and hard work of caregivers. We are committed to improving the process and making changes that are needed to recognize the value that caregivers bring to our community and to Canada.”

– Rechie Valdez, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville

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