The government of Canada announced in Toronto Ontario on February 23, 2019 the launching of 2 new 5-year caregiver immigration pilots that will replace expiring pilot programs. The new pilots will allow caregivers to come to Canada together with their family and provide a pathway to permanent residence.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen announced today that Caregivers will soon have greater flexibility to change jobs quickly, and barriers that prevent family members from accompanying caregivers to Canada will be removed.
Under the new pilots, applicants will be assessed for permanent residence criteria before they begin working in Canada. Once the caregiver has their work permit and 2 years of work experience, they will have access to a direct pathway to become a permanent resident.
These pilot programs will replace the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots and include:
- Occupation-specific work permits for caregivers, providing the ability to change jobs quickly when necessary.
- Open work permits for spouses/common-law partners and study permits for dependent children, to allow the caregiver’s family to accompany them to Canada.
From March 4, 2019, until June 4, 2019, a temporary Pathway for Caregivers will be launched to provide a one-time, short term dedicated pathway to permanent residence for some of the in-home temporary foreign worker caregivers who came to Canada expecting to obtain permanent residence, but who do not qualify under existing caregiver pathways. This one-time, short-term pathway will help mitigate the unique vulnerabilities that in-Canada temporary foreign worker caregivers face because they are not eligible under a current pathway to permanent residence.
“Caregivers provide care to families in Canada that need it, and it’s time for Canada to care for them in return. We are providing them with both the opportunity to bring their family members here and access permanent residency to demonstrate our commitment.”
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
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