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Program Update: Open Work Permits Under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Temporary Foreign Worker Program and Caregiver/Nanny LMIA

Program Update: Open Work Permits Under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers

Canada has updated the information in the new IRCC Interim Pathway for Caregivers. The program update explains that program applicants for permanent residence in Canada can also apply for an open work permit under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers by submitting an open work permit when they submit their application for permanent residence. Caregiver applicants can apply for an open work permit under Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemption code A70.

Interim Pathway for Caregivers Open March 4 - June 4, 2019

The Interim Pathway for Caregivers is a temporary program that opened March 4 for in-home temporary foreign worker caregivers who came to work in Canada under the now-expired Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilot programs, and will stay open for applications through July 4, 2019. This temporary program is intended to provide a pathway to permanent residence for caregivers who came to Canada in good faith but did not have a clear way to become PRs under the old programs.

Applicants must meet caregiver permanent residence IRCC qualifications for status, work, language and education criteria, including:

  • have a valid work permit
  • have applied to extend your work permit and be waiting on a decision
  • have applied to restore your status as a worker
  • have work experience as a home childcare provider or home support worker
  • must meet minimum language skill is CLB 5 in English or NLCL 5 in French for all 4 language skills
  • must have a Canadian high school diploma or a non-Canadian educational diploma

Why Canada Needs Live-In Caregivers

Live-in caregivers in Canada must be qualified to provide care for the elderly, disabled or children. There is a high demand for live-in caregivers in Canada but not enough Canadians to do this job. Many foreign workers want to move to Canada to find work as live-in caregivers. These workers must live in the private homes of their employer.

Canada has other ways for foreign worker live-in caregivers to become permanent residents: Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot to Launch in 2019.


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