Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot – Gaining experience category: Who can apply

The pilot caps reset on January 1, 2023

As of January 1, 2023, you can apply under the 2023 caps for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot.

There are changes for the 2023 application process

Read all the changes to these pilots before you apply. Make sure you follow our updated instructions.

The Home Support Worker Pilot is open to new applications

In 2023, we’ll accept up to the following number of applications in each category:

  • Gaining experience category: 1,650 applications
  • Direct to permanent residence category: 1,100 applications

The Home Child Care Provider Pilot

The online application cap has been reached for the Gaining experience category

We reached the cap for online applications for this pilot’s Gaining experience category on January 1st, 2023. This means the pilot is closed to new online applications for 2023. You won’t be able to start or submit an application for this category in our portal. Applications that weren’t submitted will expire after about 30 days.

Online applications for this category will reopen in 2024. You can also explore other immigration programs.

We’ll update you again when other caps have been reached.

2023 caps

In 2023, we’ll accept up to the following number of applications in each category:

  • Gaining experience category: 1,650 applications, including
    • 1,500 online applications Closed
    • 150 alternate format applications
  • Direct to permanent residence category: 1,100 applications, including
    • 1,000 online applications
    • 100 alternate format applications

Eligibility

You may be eligible to apply for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot, if you:

If you're currently working in Canada

If you’re working in Canada as a caregiver but you don’t meet the requirements for either pilot, you may be eligible to extend your work permit.

Your employer will have to complete some steps before you can apply to extend your work permit.

Genuine and valid job offer

To get or finish getting the work experience you need for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider or Home Support Worker Pilot, you need a genuine and valid job offer. The job you’re offered must be:

We’ll also review the salary on your job offer. You must show that you’ll be able to support yourself and your family members financially while working as caregiver in Canada.

The job you’re offered must be in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) job that matches the pilot you apply for:

Home child care provider (NOC 44100)

Home support worker (NOC 44101)

National Occupational Classification 2021

On November 16, 2022, we switched to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

If you submitted an application before November 16, 2022, your job offer or qualifying work experience will still be assessed as per the NOC 2016 requirements.

  • Home child care provider – NOC 4411 was replaced with NOC 44100
  • Home support worker – NOC 4412 was replaced with NOC 44101

Transition to NOC 2021

If you are applying under NOC 2021 in the Gaining experience category, we will still accept NOC 2016 job offers during the transition period. Your job offer will be considered valid so long as it meets the listed eligibility criteria of the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot.

Your qualifying work experience must be in 1 of these jobs. It cannot be a mix of both jobs. If you already have some experience as a caregiver in Canada, make sure the job you’re offered matches the work experience you already have.

Ability to do the work

We use any past experience or training you have to decide if you’re able to do the work described in the NOC job description (lead statement).

Language levels

You need to take a language test to prove you meet the minimum language skills.

To measure your English or French skills, we use:

The minimum language skill is CLB 5 in English or NLCL 5 in French for all 4 language skills:

Education

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.

Live-in arrangements

Employers can’t require you to live in their home.

You and your employer may decide that a live-in arrangement is appropriate to meet the needs of the person(s) getting care or at your request. Living conditions must meet or surpass provincial or territorial employment standards. This may include that:

Your working hours must meet the requirements under provincial and territorial employment law, whether you live in

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