Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot: Who can apply
Home Child Care Provider Pilot
We’ve received at least 2,750 applications under the Home Child Care Provider pilot. This means
- the pilot is closed to new applications for 2021
- we’ll return any other applications we receive and refund the fees
The pilot will reopen to new applications on January 1, 2022. You can also look into other options for caregivers in Canada. Caregivers who are already in Canada could also have the opportunity to apply for permanent residence through the recently announced temporary residence to permanent residence pathway for essential workers.
Home Support Worker Pilot
We’re not close to reaching the cap for the Home Support Worker Pilot. You can still apply under this pilot. We’ll update this page if and when we close this pilot to new applications for 2021.
If you already submitted an application
You don’t need to contact us about an application you submitted in 2020 or 2021 under either pilot. We’ll send you a notification letter as soon as possible to confirm we’ve received your application. It may take longer than usual for you to get this letter due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
You may be eligible to apply for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot, if you:
- have enough work experience
- meet the language level
- meet the education requirement
- are admissible to Canada,
- plan to live outside the province of Quebec
You must have at least 24 months of full-time work experience in Canada in the 36 months before you apply.
Depending on which pilot you apply for, your work experience must be in 1 of these National Occupational Classification (NOC) jobs:
Home child care provider (NOC 4411)
- You must care for children under the age of 18 in your own home or in your employer’s home
- You don’t need to live in your employer’s home to qualify
- Experience as a foster parent doesn’t count
Home support worker (NOC 4412)
- You must have cared for someone who needs help from a home support worker either in your own home or in your employer’s home
- You don’t need to have lived in your employer’s home to qualify
- Only home support workers are eligible under NOC 4412
- Experience as a housekeeper doesn’t count
For this work experience:
- your qualifying work experience must be in 1 of these jobs. It cannot be a mix of both jobs
- you must show that your job matched the NOC job description and you must have done most of the main duties
- your 24 months of work experience must be gained in a 36 month period
- you don’t have to have worked 24 months in a row, just 24 months total
- full-time means at least 30 hours of paid work each week
- any work experience you had while you were a full-time student doesn’t count
You need to take a language test to prove you meet the minimum language skills.
To measure your English or French skills, we use:
- Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English
- Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC) for French
The minimum language skill is CLB 5 in English or NLCL 5 in French for all 4 language skills:
You must have a completed post-secondary education credential of at least 1 year in Canada. If you don’t have a Canadian education credential, you need to get your foreign education credential assessed to show that it’s equal to a completed Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least 1 year.
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