How to Get a Canada Work Permit For a Caregiver

Canada launched two new pilot programs for caregivers on June 18, 2019 that facilitate the hiring of foreign caregivers.

  1. Home Child Care Provider Pilot (NOC 4411, excluding foster parents).
  2. Home Support Worker Pilot (NOC 4412, excluding housekeepers).

Both pilots provide caregivers with a pathway to permanent residence once they have two years of eligible Canadian work experience.

The pilots also allow the caregiver to bring family members with them to work or study while they are gathering their work experience.

Hiring a Caregiver From Overseas

Employers outside Quebec wishing to hire a caregiver from overseas must use the above two pilots.

This replaces the previous Temporary Foreign Worker Program system. If an employer submitted a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application on or after June 18, 2019, the application will not be processed.

Hiring a Caregiver Who Is Already In Canada

If you want to hire a foreign caregiver who is already in Canada, use the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

You may also use the Live-In Caregiver Program if:

  • The caregiver you want to hire has a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit and is looking for a new employer, and
  • You have an approved LMIA that shows the caregiver has agreed to live in your home.

Hiring a Caregiver in Quebec

The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots do not apply in Quebec.

To hire a foreign caregiver in Quebec, apply for an LMIA through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Find a Caregiver

To hire a foreign caregiver, you must find a candidate either overseas or in Canada and provide them with a job offer. They can then use the job offer to apply through one of the pilots.

Candidate Requirements For Caregiver Pilots


  • Job offer.
  • CLB 5 language level.
  • One year of Canadian post-secondary education or foreign equivalent.
  • Admissibility.

After You Make The Offer Of Employment

One the caregiver has the job offer, they submit two applications together:

  1. An application for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider or Home Support Worker pilot.
  2. An application for a work permit.

Candidates who meet permanent residence requirements will get a work permit valid for three years allowing them to work for any employer in the specific occupation.

Work permit processing times can be as long as 12 months.