CIMM – Caregivers – February 15 & 17, 2022

Key Messages

Supplementary Messages

Caregiver pilot processing times

Application intake caps

Hiring caregivers as temporary foreign workers

Pause on processing certain work permit applications

Alternative pathways for caregivers

Personal support workers and caregivers working in long-term care facilities

COVID-19 impacts on jobs and job offers

Caregivers on occupation-restricted open work permits

Caregivers on employer-specific work permits

Income support – impacts on permanent residence goals

Time not working – impact on permanent residence goals


Transition pathway versus permanent residence on arrival

Supporting facts and figures


Eligibility requirements (including language proficiency)

Table: Reference on family members for caregiver streams

Caregiver Stream

Family members able to accompany the applicant to Canada?

Temporary Resident

Permanent Resident

Live-in Caregiver Program (1992-2014) NoTable note * – Family separation prolonged given no provisions available for family members to accompany applicant to Canada. Yes – Family members able to join applicant in Canada once caregiver approved for permanent residence.
Interim Pathway for Caregivers (2019)
2014 Caregiver Pilots
Caring for Children
Caring for People with High Medical Needs
2019 Caregiver Pilots
Home Child Care Provider
Home Support Worker

Yes – Family members are eligible to come with the applicant to Canada once applicant is approved for the work permit associated with these pathways. Family members provided with open work/study permits.

Once the principal applicant receives approval in principle (24-month work experience component is met), they are eligible for a bridging work permit and family members in Canada are eligible for an open work permit.

Yes – For caregivers applying directly for permanent residence (already acquired the necessary work experience), family members are eligible to join applicant in Canada once caregiver is approved for permanent residence.

Previous caregiver programs

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