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Via @FilipinosInCanada

If you are thinking about working as a Caregiver, Canada is probably your best bet. You have options to work temporarily then go back home to the Philippines, or apply to stay and become a Permanent Resident.

There have been recent changes to the programs that allow foreign workers to apply as a caregiver for Canada. Take note that there are two new pilot programs that are currently in place. If you are submitting a new application to be a caregiver to Canada, you will need to do so under these two new pilot programs.

If you are looking for caregiver Canada jobs from outside of Canada, exercise extreme caution. Canadian immigration rules and regulations prohibit the collection of recruitment fees by third party representatives such as recruitment agencies. The payment of such placement fees does NOT guarantee you a job as a Caregiver in Canada.

Read on to find out the latest about the Caregiver Canada program.




HOME CHILD CARE PROVIDER PILOT PROGRAM AND HOME SUPPORT WORKER PILOT PROGRAM

Effective June 18, 2019, Caregivers can apply for Permanent Residency under two new pilot programs, the Home Child Care Provider Pilot Program and the Home Support Worker Pilot Program.

Before you can apply for Permanent Residency under these two pilot programs, you must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and you must have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer to work in one of these programs.

After a successful application, you will be issued an Open Work Permit which will allow you to enter Canada and work as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW).

The Open Work Permit issued to you will be restricted, meaning that you will NOT be able to work in any other occupation.

Under these pilot programs, your Canadian employer will not need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

These pilot programs will allow you to get the necessary work experience to be able to apply for Permanent Residency.

If you are an OFW in Canada and you have recently worked as a home child care provider or a home support worker, your work experience may allow you to apply for Permanent Residency.




INTERIM PATHWAY FOR CAREGIVERS

OFWs can apply for the Interim Pathway for Caregivers. If you have at least one year of work experience as a home child provider or a home support worker.

You will also need to meet the minimum language and educational requirements in order to apply for Permanent Residency.

Applications under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers will be accepted until October 8, 2019.




LIVE-IN CAREGIVER PROGRAM

The Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

If you are an OFW currently in Canada, you can still apply for Permanent Residency, as long as you have at least two years of work experience under the LCP.

You will also need to be working in Canada under a LCP Work Permit.

If your original LCP Work Permit was based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) issued on or before **November 30, 2014 **.

If you are OFW who originally came to Canada under the LCP, but do not meet the minimum requirements of the options above, contact Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for further assistance.




STILL CAN’T APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY?

If you are unable to apply for Permanent Residency because you failed to meet the minimum requirements, you still have options.




EXTEND YOUR WORK PERMIT

If you are an OFW in Canada working as a Caregiver, you might be able to extend your Work Permit under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TWFP).

If you intend to go down this route, your Canadian employer must apply for a new LMIA before you can apply to extend your current Work Permit.




APPLY FOR A NEW WORK PERMIT

You can’t apply for a new Work Permit under the LCP if you are submitting a new application from outside Canada.

You also can’t apply for a new Work Permit if you’re applying under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

You also can’t apply for a new Work Permit if you’re going to be working outside the province of Quebec.

You also can’t apply for a new Work Permit if your Canadian Employer applied for an LMIA after June 18, 2019.

You can apply for a new Work Permit if you’re already in Canada and was previously issued a Work Permit in Canada.

You can also apply for a new Work Permit if your Canadian employer submitted an application for an LMIA before June 18, 2019.

You can also apply for a new Work Permit if you’ll be working in the province of Quebec.

In most cases, your Canadian employer will need to apply for a new LMIA before you can apply for a new Work Permit.




CARING FOR CHILDREN PILOT PROGRAM AND CARING FOR PEOPLE WITH HIGH MEDICAL NEEDS PILOT PROGRAM

The Caring for Children Pilot Program and the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pilot Program both ended on June 18, 2019.

New application are no longer being accepted for both pilot programs, unless your application was submitted on June 18, 2019.

If you have work experience as a caregiver caring for children or as a home support worker, you might be able to submit an application for Permanent Residency under the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot.




CAREGIVER CANADA SALARY

Caregiver in Canada salary levels are typically aligned with prevailing minimum wages of your province of employment.

Canadian employers must meet the minimum employment standards of your province of employment, including payment of wages and salaries and benefits.

If you have any questions about your employment under either of these pilot programs, contact IRCC or your provincial employment ministry.




CAREGIVER IN CANADA AGENCIES

If you or your Canadian employer used the services of a third party representative or a Caregiver Canada agency, take note that the payment of any recruitment fees or placement fees are prohibited.

Any claims you might have agains such third party representatives must be coursed through the appropriate court of law, in most cases Small Claims Court.





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