Canada Home Child Care Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot

  • Country of destination: Canada
  • Country of origin: Any
  • Sectors: Healthcare
  • Skill level: Mid-level
  • Timeline: 2019 - 2024
  • Number of beneficiaries: capped at 2,750 per year


The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot are pilot programs that allow a foreign caregiver who has a job offer or Canadian work experience in an eligible caregiver occupation and meets minimum education and language proficiency requirements to work in Canada.

Why was it started?

The pilots replaced the live-in caregiver program, which ended in 2014, and another set of pilot programs that ran between 2014 and 2019.

How does it work?

To be eligible to apply for either pilot, a foreign national must have the ability to become economically established in Canada, intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec, meet the minimum language proficiency threshold set for that occupation in English or French (CLB 5), and meet the minimum education requirement (Canadian one-year post-secondary or higher). Candidates must also have one of the following: two years of full-time Canadian work experience in an eligible occupation in the three preceding years and/or a valid full-time job offer from a Canadian employer in an eligible caregiver occupation.

The Home Child Care Pilot is open to applicants with the following job titles: babysitter; au pair; child care live-in caregiver; child care provider -private home; nanny; parent’s helper; foster parent; babysitter – fitness center; and babysitter – shopping center.

The Home Support Worker Pilot is open to applicants with the following job titles: attendant for persons with disabilities – home care; family caregiver; home support worker; housekeeper; live-in caregiver – seniors; personal aide – home support; personal care attendant – home care; respite worker – home support; doula; and home visitor – infant care.

If an applicant is deemed eligible, the authorities put a permanent residence application put on hold and issue an occupation-restricted open work permit. Dependents are eligible to accompany the applicant and can be issued open work or study permits with a separate application.

Once issued the occupation-restricted work permit, the applicant must obtain 24 months of eligible, fulltime, Canadian work experience. To remain eligible, he or she must do so within three years of being issued the permit and submit proof of obtaining this work experience. The residence application is then taken off hold, and an officer assesses whether the applicant meets the work requirement and is still admissible to Canada. The cost of the work permit is CAD $1,380. The pilots do not match candidates with jobs. Employers may approach candidates or vice versa.

As of June 18, 2019, no new work permit applications are being processed if:

  • the worker is applying from outside of Canada
  • the worker is applying through TFWP
  • the worker plans to work outside of Quebec
  • the employer applied for an LMIA on or after June 18, 2019

What impact has it had?

No impact data are available.