Hire a home child care provider or home support worker

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As of June 18, 2019, there are 2 pilots to let you hire a foreign in-home caregiver:

  • Home Child Care Provider pilot
    • National Occupational Classification 4411, excluding foster parents
  • Home Support Worker pilot
    • National Occupational Classification 4412, excluding housekeepers

The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots provide in-home caregivers with the opportunity to become a permanent resident once they have 2 years of eligible work experience in Canada. It also lets their family members come to Canada to work or study while they get work experience.

Hiring a caregiver from overseas

All employers (outside Quebec) who want to hire an in-home caregiver from overseas must hire them through these 2 pilots.

If you submitted a Labour Market Impact Assessment application through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to hire a caregiver who is outside Canada on or after June 18, 2019, their work permit application won’t be processed.

Hiring a caregiver who’s in Canada

If you want to hire a foreign in-home caregiver who is already in Canada, you may continue to do so either through the:

Not sure how to hire?

If you’re unsure of which program to hire through, compare the pilots and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

How to hire through the pilots

Hiring a caregiver in Quebec

The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots don’t apply to caregivers who will work in Quebec. To hire a foreign in-home caregiver in Quebec, you must apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment and hire them through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Find a caregiver

As an employer, you can hire an in-home caregiver by finding an eligible candidate, either overseas or in Canada, and providing them with an offer of employment. The in-home caregiver will then submit their application to one of the pilots.

You can decide with the caregiver whether they live in or out of your home.

The pilots don’t match candidates with jobs. You may find a candidate on your own, or a candidate may approach you.

Make sure the candidate is eligible

To get a work permit, the foreign national (caregiver) must show that they meet the eligibility and admissibility requirements of the pilots. This includes:

Make an offer of employment

After you find a candidate that you want to hire as an in-home caregiver, offer the candidate the job using the offer of employment form (PDF, 2.23 MB).

Fill out the form and give a copy to your candidate. They must sign it. The candidate will need a copy of the form to submit with their application to us.

We may contact you at a later date for supporting documentation or information on the offer of employment.

After you hire a caregiver

Once they have the offer of employment, the candidate will submit their permanent residence application through either the Home Child Care Provider or Home Support Worker pilot. They’ll also have to submit a work permit application along with their permanent residence application. If they meet the permanent residence criteria, they’ll get a work permit.

The work permit will be valid for 3 years and will let the candidate work for any employer outside Quebec, in one of the eligible occupations (National Occupational Classification 4411, excluding foster parents, or 4412, excluding housekeepers).

It can take up to 12 months for the worker to get their work permit. You should plan ahead if you’re hiring a caregiver through these pilots.

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