On June 18, 2019 Canada launched the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot.
The Home Child-Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot are 2 economic pilot programs targeted to foreign national caregivers who:
- have a job offer or Canadian work experience in an eligible caregiver occupation; and
- meet minimum education and language proficiency requirements.
The ability to be a foreign caregiver in Canada has largely been restricted to these two programs as the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada has issued Ministerial Instructions refusing to process Labour Market Impact Assessments for caregivers.
A maximum of 2,750 complete applications will be processed per year in each pilot.
Applicants with 24 Months or more of Eligible Experience
Applicants with 24 months or more of eligible Canadian work experience must satisfy the following criteria:
- meet the minimum language requirements of Canadian Language Benchmark 5 in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing;
- meet the minimum education requirements of having either a Canadian one-year post secondary (or higher) educational credential or a foreign educational credential that is equivalent to a completed one-year Canadian post-secondary (or higher) educational credential;
- meet the work experience requirement; and
- be admissible to Canada.
Eligible Canadian experience must be full-time work of at least 30 hours per week in the following applications:
- Home Child-Care Providers (except for foster parents);
- Home Support Workers.
Housekeepers and related occupations are not eligible to apply.
Canadian work experience does not need to be continuous to qualify, but the period of 24 months of required employment does not include
- any extended absence from Canada (including any time worked for an employer outside Canada);
On November 8, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) announced significant changes to the Canadian Experience Class (“CEC”).
The CEC is a very popular program for immigrating to Canada. Subject to narrow exceptions, individuals qualify for the CEC if:
- they plan to live outside of Quebec;
- they have at least 12 months of full-time skilled work experience in Canada during the three-year period before they apply;
- they gained their skilled work experience in Canada with the proper authorization;
- they were not self employed when they gained their skilled work experience; and
- they meet required language levels (which vary according to occupation).
Qualifying skilled work experience is work experience in one or more National Occupational Classification (“NOC”) Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B, occupations. The NOC is a Ministry of Economic and Social Development initiative which categorizes all occupations in Canada. It can be found here.
The November 8 changes introduce an annual cap on the number of CEC applications that CIC will accept each year, introduce a further sub-cap for NOC Skill Level B occupations, and eliminate certain NOC Skill Level B occupations from being eligible for the CEC.
The above changes took affect on November 9, 2013. They only apply to applications which CIC receives after that date.
CIC will consider a maximum of 12,000 completed CEC applications each year. Within the overall 12,000 application cap, CIC will process a maximum of 200 new CEC applications per NOC Skill Level B occupation each year.
While there is no sub-cap on CEC applications in NOC Skill Type 0 or NOC Skill Level A occupations, these occupations are subject to the overall cap of 12,000 new applications.Read more ›
In a much anticipated change, the Federal Government has announced a series of changes to the Federal Immigrant Investor Program (“FIIP“) in the Gazette. Changes to the Quebec Investor Program are expected shortly.
The Government of Canada is proposing that amendments be made to the definition of “investor” and “investment” in section 88 of the Regulations that would increase the investment amount from $400,000 to $800,000 and the personal net worth amount from $800,000 to $1.6M for Investor class applicants.
No FIIP applications will be accepted unless they are post-marked or received by the designated Citizenship and Immigration Canada office before June 26, 2010. This pause will extend until the coming into force of proposed regulatory amendments to the definitions of “Investor” and “Investment” applicable to Business Immigrants in Division 2 of Part 6 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
FIIP applications received on or after the coming into force of the proposed regulatory amendments shall be processed concurrently with those federal applications received prior to the administrative pause in a ratio consistent with operational requirements.
Why The Doubling?
The Government of Canada is first of all confident that this will not reduce the number of applicants. 80% of FIIP applicants in 2009 came from the Asia-Pacific Region, which continues to boom despite the global economic crisis.
According to the Gazette, the increase will result in a net economic benefit to Canada of $59,229 per investment. In total, this would result in a benefit of $600,000,000 per year to Canada.
While $600,000,000 isn’t bad (you could almost fund security for a G8 summit with that amount), it’s interesting to note that an increase of $400,000 per investment only results in a $60,000 benefit.Read more ›