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Aging of Canada’s population has made an increasing demand of Caregivers. It is said that Canada has launched a new caregiver pilot program as the current Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot are about to expire on 17th June, 2024. 

The new pilot program will provide the caregivers with the Permanent residency when they will arrive in Canada, this means a second way instead of acquiring a certain amount of work experience in the country. They will also be authorized to work for organizations providing temporary or part-time care to people who are semi-independent or recovering from an injury or illness. The caregiver will go from India through an Occupational Restricted Open Work Permit and will be granted PR on arrival in Canada.

Let’s discuss the requirements the caregivers must have to be eligible:

  • A minimum level 4 of Canadian Language Benchmarks is required,
  • Obtain an offer for a full-time home care position
  • Have recent and pertinent work experience
  • Possess a Canadian high school diploma or its equivalent

This will represent the shift from the earlier pilot programs, which required a CLB of 5 and a year of Canadian post-secondary education (or its foreign equivalent). The previous programs also mandated a minimum of six months of work experience. IRCC has not yet specified the work experience requirement for the new pilot programs and states that more details will be provided closer to the full launch.

In a news release from IRCC, Immigration Minister Marc Miller stated, “Caregivers are essential in supporting Canadian families, and our programs must acknowledge their significant contributions. While we work on establishing a permanent caregivers program, these two new pilot initiatives will enhance support for caregivers and ensure families receive the quality care they deserve.”

Caregivers in Canada

According to the 2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada aims to welcome more than 15,000 new permanent residents through caregiver programs. As of April 30, 2024, around 5,700 caregivers and their families have become permanent residents since the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot were launched in 2019.

With Canada’s population aging, the demand for caregivers is increasing. Over nine million Canadians are expected to retire in the next six years, leading to a higher need for care in homes and institutions.

A report by the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence underscores critical needs for caregivers in Canada. It states that “Many caregivers are 65+ and may also need care. Nearly one in five caregivers are over the age of 65. Senior caregivers are least likely to access any services or supports to help with their responsibilities.”

Additionally, Canadian families need childcare providers as more women, who traditionally assume more childcare duties, are entering the workforce. According to 2023 Statistics Canada data, “On an annual basis, the labour force participation rate for women aged 15 years and older and all education levels grew from 58.5% in 1990 (the beginning of the current data series) to 61.5% in 2022. The rate for men declined from 76.1% to 69.5% over the same period.”

How Yash Global Consultants Can Help You?

If you don’t know how to get an offer letter, Team YGC is here to guide you. We can help you fulfill all the requirements necessary for your profile. Let us assist you in navigating the new caregiver pilot programs and securing your permanent residency in Canada.

Team YGC is dedicated to supporting caregivers every step of the way, ensuring you have the best chance at a successful and smooth transition to your new life in Canada.

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