Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot: Application process and who can apply

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

Those eligible to apply are foreign nationals who

They must also have one of the following

Eligibility for processing

All applications for permanent residence (APR) under the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots must be submitted to the Case Processing Centre in Edmonton (CPC-E), in Alberta.

For each pilot, there are two caps:

How the process works

Applicants under the Home Child Care Provider or Home Support Worker pilots can apply with or without 24 months of eligible Canadian work experience.

Fewer than 24 months of eligible work experience (Category A)

An applicant with less than 24 months of eligible Canadian work experience must satisfy eligibility and admissibility requirements upfront.

Applicants must:

Officers assess applicants against the above criteria. If the applicant is eligible, the permanent residence application is put on hold and the applicant is issued an occupation-restricted open work permit (OROWP). Dependents applying for permanent residence with the principal applicant may also be eligible to accompany the principal applicant and can be issued open work permits or study permits. When applying for permanent residence through one of these pilots, applicants are required to submit an application for a work permit for themselves and may include applications for work or study permits for any accompanying dependents along with their application for permanent residence.

Once issued an OROWP, the principal applicant must obtain 24 months of eligible, full-time, Canadian work experience. To remain eligible in the program, this must happen within 3 years of being issued their OROWP. Applicants must submit proof of obtaining this work experience within 3 years of being issued their OROWP.

Upon receipt of proof, the permanent residence application is put back into processing. An officer will assess whether the applicant meets the work experience requirement and make sure the applicant is still admissible to Canada.

In some cases, the applicant may submit the proof of work experience before IRCC issues the OROWP. In such cases, if the officer determines that the job offer is not genuine and an OROWP cannot be issued, the officer may refuse the application without assessing the work experience. The officer will only assess the work experience after they issue the OROWP.

Assessing work experience under Category A – Work experience not eligible

After the issuance of the OROWP, if the officer determines that the work experience submitted before the issuance of the OROWP does not meet the criteria for eligible work experience (e.g., insufficient duration or incorrect NOC), they may refuse the application.

24 months or more of eligible work experience (Category B)

An applicant with 24 months or more of eligible Canadian work experience must satisfy the following criteria:

Assessing work experience under Category B – Work experience not eligible

If the officer determines that the work experience submitted may not meet the criteria for eligible work experience (e.g., they don’t have enough work experience, they don’t have the right work experience), they may refuse the application.

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