The federal government announced two new pilot programs aimed to ease access for foreign caregivers seeking permanent residency in Canada.
The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker programs come into effect on Tuesday and replace the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots.
Speaking on Saturday afternoon at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre of Newcomers, federal minister Amarjeet Sohi said caregivers will now be assessed for permanent residency eligibility up front before coming to work in Canada.
“With the benefit of this assessment, they can come to Canada knowing that once they meet the work experience requirement, they have an assured pathway to permanent residency,” said Sohi.
“When you have uncertainty and anxiety about your status, it worries you and we want to make sure they are able to work in an environment that’s comfortable.”
The new pilots will each have a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants, totalling 5,500 per year plus the applicant’s immediate family including spouse and any children.