Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

New changes to the pilots

The ministerial instructions were amended on June 16, 2024, mainly

  • to reduce the work experience requirement from 12 months to 6 months
  • for the Gaining experience category, to
    • accept work experience gained outside of Canada
    • accept work experience gained up to 36 months before the application for permanent residence is made, as well as work experience gained between the period of application submission and the date that the applicant demonstrates having acquired the work experience
    • clarify that applicants have only one opportunity to submit their proof of work experience to IRCC for a decision on their permanent residence application

These amendments apply to pending applications.

The instructions will be updated as soon as possible to reflect the changes. 

The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot are two economic pilot programs for foreign national caregivers who

Initial applications to the new pilots have a 12-month target processing time. A 6-month target processing time applies for finalizing an application after the caregiver submits proof that they have met the work experience requirement. To note, a target processing time is what the Department aims to achieve. It is not a service standard (service standards are official commitments).



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