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Home Child Care Provider Pilot: Permanent Residence Pathway for Caregivers

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The Home Child Care Provider Pilot (HCCP) is a caregiver pilot program which allows foreign nations with work experience in occupations listed in National Occupational Classification (NOC) code 4411. The caregiver pilot program implemented on June 18, 2019 offers two immigration pathways, Home Support Worker Pilot and Home Child-Care Support Pilot. The two new pilot programs were introduced as the replacement of other two immigration programs, Caring for People with High Medical Needs program and the Caring for Children program.  

The Home Child Care Provider Pilot Program grants foreign nationals together with their family an opportunity to obtain a temporary work permit and apply for Canadian permanent residence after having enough work experience (at least 12 months) or a valid job offer. The pilot program is accepting a maximum of 2750 applicants per year with their families. This caregiver program together with Home Support worker Polit makes a total of 5550 applications per year. 

In 2023, the IRCC will be accepting applicants under Home Child Care Provider program (HCCP) as below:

  • Gaining experience category: 1,650 applications
    • This includes 1,500 online applications and 150 alternate format applications.
  • Direct to permanent residence category: 1,100 applications
    • This includes 1,000 online applications and 100 alternate format applications.

UPDATE: As of April 30, 2023, a caregiver will only need to have 12 months of work experience in Canada instead of 24 to be eligible for permanent residency. For carers who have already applied, the change in work experience will take effect retroactively. The IRCC is accepting a maximum of 2750 applicants per year for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot, so a candidate must apply early before the window closes.  

A Home child care provider is responsible for looking after children and may be required to help out with some house duties. A Home Child Care Provider may give care to a child under the age of 18, in the own or client’s home, and may or may not be required to stay in the employer’s home.  

Benefits of Home Child Care Provider Program

The following are the benefits of the pilot compared to the former caregiver pilot programs:

  • Ability to change employers: The former caregiver programs bound caregivers with one employer which made some to work in unhealthy work environments without a way out.
  • Accompanying family members:  Family members are eligible to accompany the caregivers if they want to. The accompanying family members can also apply for open work permits or study permits if desired. 

Occupation titles for a Home Child Care Provider

Some examples include:

  • Babysitter
  • Nanny
  • Au pair
  • Childcare provider- private home
  • Childcare live-in-caregiver
  • Parent’s helper
  • Foster parent
  • Babysitter- fitness center
  • Babysitter- shopping center

Eligibility Requirements for Home Child Care Provider Pilot

A candidate applying for this pilot must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a valid job offer at the time of applying for a work permit
  • Language proficiency in English or French with a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 or higher.
  • At least a post-high school certificate
  • One year post high school experience of taking care of the elderly.
  • One year of post-secondary education or foreign equivalent attested by World Education Services (WES) report or International Competitions Assessment for School (ICAS). WES for degree holders and ICAS for diploma holders. 
  • First Aid certification and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification may be required. 
  • Caregiver certificate would be an advantage
  • Past experience or training in child care or house support can also be considered. Experience as a foster parent does not count.  
  • Admissible checks such as health and security checks

The above requirements will help you gain an open work permit which will be occupation-restricted, and will allow you to come to Canada as a temporary resident. The work permit will allow you to work for any employer as a caregiver. After work full-time for 12 months you will be eligible to apply for permanent residence.

Requirements of obtaining Permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Program

  • Effective April 30, 2023, at least 12 months (1 year) of full-time work experience with a valid work permit at the time of applying. A full-time work is one of at least 30 hours of paid work each week.
  • Meet the above eligibility requirements.

If applicants don’t have enough work experience, they are required to apply for a work permit when they submit their permanent residence application. This will enable applicants to come and work in Canada on a work permit until they get 12 months (1 year) of work experience. An applicant will be allowed to include the accompanying family members on the permanent residence application.

Processing time for Home Child Care Provider Pilot Program

The processing time for an open work permit through the pilot is 12 months. With sufficient work experience, the IRCC intends to process the application in at least 6-months.

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