Ministerial Instructions 14 (MI14): Caregiver Program

Issued on November 29, 2014, IRCC’s fourteenth set of Ministerial Instructions (MI14) limit permanent residence applications through the Live-in Caregiver Program to foreign nationals whose initial entry to Canada was supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment received by Service Canada on or before November 30, 2014. At the same time, MI14 established two new pathways to permanent residence for foreign nationals with Canadian work experience in caregiving occupations.

The Caring for Children Pathway and Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway have similar criteria as the Live-in Caregiver Program, but without the live-in requirement. In addition, the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway identifies several specific health-care occupations that caregivers may gain experience in to qualify for permanent residence.

These new pathways were created under section 14.1 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which allows the Minister to issue instructions to create economic immigration programs that are limited to a duration of five years.

The new Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker classes, which were established in MI32, replace the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs classes. The Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs classes closed to new applications on June 18, 2019.

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