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Canada offers special immigration routes for people in specific occupations. This includes nannies and caregivers. Prospective nannies and caregivers who wish to come to Canada and the employers who have hired them can learn about the Caregiver Program Canada currently offers by using this guide.

What are the Nanny Sponsorship and Caregiver Programs?

Nanny sponsorship and Caregiver Sponsorship Canada programs were designed for foreign nannies and caregivers.

These programs allow special foreign workers who qualify as caregivers to come to Canada and work.

Some of these workers may also be eligible to apply for permanent residence and stay in Canada.

What Programs are Available for Foreign Nannies?

Foreign nannies can come to Canada and work under any of the following programs, provided they meet their minimum requirements.

  • Home Child Care Provider Pilot Program and Home Support Worker Pilot Program
  • Live-In Caretaker Program
  • In-Home Caregiver Programs
  • Interim Pathway for Caregivers

Prospective applicants should note that the Live-In Caregiver Program, In-Home Caregiver Program, and the Interim Pathway for Caregivers Program are currently closed for applicants.

Therefore, this guide will discuss the eligibility requirements and steps for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot Program and the Home Support Worker Pilot Program.

Home Child Care Provider/Home Support Worker Pilot Program Requirements

The Home Child Care Provider as well as the Home Support Worker Pilot Program provide an immigration pathway for foreign caregivers and nannies with the right skills and experience. The current eligibility requirements are as follows:

1. Education

Caregiver and nanny applicants must meet one of the following education requirements:

  • Completion of 1 year or more in a Canadian post-secondary education program.
  • Completion of foreign education that is equivalent to the above requirement (This education must be acquired within the last five years. Applicants must also provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.)

2. Work Experience

Applicants must possess recognized full-time Canadian work experience that qualifies under the program’s criteria.

Those applying through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot must meet the work duties criteria described under Home Child Care Providers described in the National Occupation Code – NOC 4411.

Applicants applying through the Home Support Worker Pilot must meet the work duties criteria described under Home Support Workers described in NOC 4412.

Candidates will be classified into one of two categories depending on the amount of work experience they possess.

Category A

Caregiver applicants who have less than 24 months of recognized Canadian work experience by the time they submit their application for permanent residence will be sorted into Category A.

These candidates will receive an occupation-restricted work permit (OROWP) which they can use to obtain additional work experience within the next 36 months. Applicants can then apply for permanent residence once they have gained a total of 24 months of recognized Canadian work experience.

Category B

Applicants who have a minimum of 24 months of recognized Canadian work experience by the time they submit their application for permanent residence will be sorted into Category B.

These applicants will be allowed to proceed with the next step in their immigration process once they demonstrate they gained their work experience in the last 36 months.

Additional Requirements for Category-A Applicants

Category A applicants are also required to possess a valid job offer and demonstrate they possess the ability to perform their duties as a nanny or caregiver.

Application Process:

  • Foreign caregivers and nannies who meet the eligibility requirements above can fill out their permanent resident applications and provide supporting documents.
  • They will also be required to submit their work permit along with their application.
  • Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will then contact applicants about any additional documents or information they need to provide before making their decision.

For employers who wish to hire a Foreign Nanny

Prospective employers who wish to hire foreign workers for live-in caregiver jobs must complete a multi-step process. This includes:

  • Ensuring the Caregiver Meets the Minimum Program Requirements
  • Agreeing to Provide the Right Wages, Working Conditions, and Occupation Duties
  • Completing Recruitment and Advertisement Requirements
  • Completing a Labour Market Impact Assessment
  • Post-LMIA Requirements

1. Ensuring the Caregiver Meets the Minimum Program Requirements

Employers must ensure their chosen work meets the minimum program requirements. These requirements are related to:

  • English or French language proficiency
  • Education, training, and experience
  • Regulated occupation requirements
  • Providing a record of employment
  • Proof of an individual requiring care from a caregiver
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of financial ability to pay the caregiver
  • Transportation and Housing

2. Agreeing to provide the Right Wages, Working Conditions, and Occupation Duties

Employers must agree to pay the caregiver a fair wage based on the prevailing wage in their specific occupation and location. They must also meet certain workplace requirements safety, breaks, days off, and overtime pay.

3. Completing Recruitment and Advertisement Requirements

Employers must demonstrate they attempted to recruit Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents to fill the role but were unable to find suitable candidates.

4. Completing a Labour Market Impact Assessment

Employers must then submit a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application with supporting documents.

5. Post-LMIA Requirements

Successful employers will receive a positive LMIA letter. They can then send the caregiver a copy of this document and ask them to use it to apply for their work permit. The caregiver can then enter Canada and start work in their caregiver or nanny role.

Need help with Nanny Sponsorship?

Prospective caregivers, nannies, and those who wish to hire them should reach out to us for assistance. Our qualified team of Regulated Immigration Consultants is familiar with the caregiver and nanny sponsorship programs and can guide you through the process.

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