Interim Pathway for Caregivers: Who can apply


To be eligible to apply, you must have the required:

You must also plan to live outside the province of Quebec.

Your status in Canada

When you apply, you must:

You aren’t eligible for the Interim Pathway for Caregivers if:

  • your application to extend your work permit is refused
  • your application to restore your status as a worker is refused
  • your current work permit is in the Live-in Caregiver Program, or
  • you’re applying to extend your work permit or restore your status and your most recent work permit was under the Live-in Caregiver Program

Work experience

Your work experience in Canada must be as a:

You must have gained this experience while working in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. You must also:

  • have at least 12 months of full-time work experience since November 30, 2014
    • Full-time work means at least 30 hours of paid work per week
    • You can have breaks in employment (for example, periods where you weren’t working, on sick leave or parental leave)
    • Any work experience you had while you were a full-time student doesn’t count
  • have been working in a job that matches the NOC job description and you must have done most of the main duties
    • In your application, you’ll have to include documents to show proof of your work experience

Home child care provider

  • Your work must match the description in Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) Group 4411
  • You must have cared for children under the age of 18, in your own home or in your employer’s home
    • You don’t need to have lived in your employer’s home to qualify
  • Experience as a foster parent doesn’t count

Home support worker

Language levels

You need to take a language test to prove you meet the minimum language skills that are required.
To measure your English or French levels, we use:

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

  • writing
  • reading
  • listening
  • speaking


You must have a Canadian high school diploma or a non-Canadian educational diploma, certificate or credential that’s equal to a Canadian secondary school (high school) diploma.

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