Today, Monday, June 3, 2024, the Honourable Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”), Marc Miller, announced two new pilot programs that will give caregivers from abroad permanent residence upon arriving in Canada, a step intended to update and replace existing pilot programs that will wind down later this month.

The programs are aimed at offering care for children, seniors and people with disabilities.  They will also allow caregivers to work for organizations that offer temporary or part-time care for people who are recovering from injury or illness and those who are not fully independent.

Caregivers abroad hoping to work in Canada will be able to apply for the programs if they have the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma, recent and relevant job experience, and an offer for a full-time home-care position.  Language proficiency requirements will be dropped from CLB Level 5 to CLB Level 4.

The new pilot programs will launch sometime after June 17, 2024.  As soon as they launch and/or more information about the programs becomes available, we will publish the details on our website.