Caregiver Programs Quietly Ending: What Are Your Options?

Feb 6, 2018Immigration

I wanted to share this extremely important update with you today, and help you answer the BIG question at the end. This concerns Caregivers who are either in Canada or have applied (or thinking about applying) to come to Canada under this program in one of these two streams:

  • Caring for Children
  • Caring for people with High Medical Needs

Up until November 29, 2019, you will have the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in Canada, if by that date you have fulfilled the eligibility requirements of those two programs.

What are those eligibility requirements? Good question

Work Experience:

You need to be able to demonstrate that you have completed 24 months of full-time work experience in Canada before you apply. This includes National Occupational Classifications (NOC) groups 3012, 3233, 3413, 4411 & 4412.

Language Ability:

You need to demonstrate a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for all categories, and CLB 7 if you are a registered nurse.


You need to demonstrate a Canadian post-secondary degree or equivalent


In addition to the above, your criminal background check and your accompanying family members must NOT reveal any involvement in criminal activity.

Depending on your current situation, you need to start seriously considering your options, calculate your accumulated experience and BE READY.

The Big Question:

  • When you have completed the 24 months of caregiving experience, do you have all the documents for your application to be accepted and not returned by the IRCC after the program closes?
  • What if you will not be meeting any of the requirements above by 29 November 2019?
  • Are there any steps you can take to remain in Canada?

If you are interested in knowing the answer, send me an email to ( with your specific situation and will reach back to you with your specific options.


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