The Ottawa government is launching two immigration pilot programs: The Home Child Care Provider and the Home Support Worker pilot. These pilots will replace the caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots.
Under these new programs, caregivers will be given more freedom in terms of changing an employer and having the opportunity to bring their dependent children and spouses or common-law partners to Canada.
“Caregivers provide to families in Canada that need it, and it is time for Canada to care for them in return”, said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.
“We are providing them with both the opportunity to bring their family members here and access permanent residency to demonstrate our commitment”.
Applicants will be evaluated for the permanent residence eligibility before they are employed in Canada. A direct pathway to become a permanent resident will be opened to caregivers who have two years of work experience.
These pilots will operate for five years and replace ineffective previous programs for caregivers, according to Hussen, and will be launched later this year with a quota of 2,750 for each making it total 5,500 applicants annually, excluding spouses, common-law partners, and dependent children.
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The Minister also began the Interim Pathway for Caregivers that will operate from March 4, 2019.
The interim program is a result of misunderstanding among caregivers. It appeared that many of them started working for families in Canada convinced they would qualify for permanent residence under the program. However, later they found out that this wasn’t a case. To remedy the problem, the Interim Pathway for Caregivers will open for those caregivers an opportunity to stay in Canada permanently. So the eligibility requirement will be amended for those caregivers who have arrived in Canada in a hope to apply for a permanent residence under the existing program.
The Government of Canada continues to give high priority to family reunification and thus, removing barriers in the processing times. For example, in 2017, the Liberal Government committed to bringing to the end the 80 percent of the caregiver backlog and cut down the processing time to 12 months, instead of 60 months previously.
This new initiative is part of the multi-year level plan for 2018-2020 that sets out targets for the number of permanent resident intakes in the caregiver category allowing IRCC to meet these commitments.
The 2018 year was marked with many positive trends and one of them was additional 15 points in the Express Entry system for having a close relative in Canada who is over 18 related to an applicant through blood, marriage or adoption. This is because family reunification is very important for IRCC as there are many economic, as well as social and cultural benefits of bringing families together.