Canada’s pilot programs started accepting new applications

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As of January 1, 2023, Canada’s pilot programs started accepting new applications. Home Child Care Provider Pilot (HCCPP), the Home Support Worker Pilot (HSWP), and the Agri-Food Pilot Program (AFP) accept new applications. Some changes for these pilots have been for 2023, including new occupation codes under the TEER system. 


In 2023, Canada will accept 5,500 applications under the HCCPP and HSWP programs. 2023 will be the last year for the 3-year AFP program. After that, the IRCC will decide whether to make it permanent or discontinue it. The pilot aims to accept 2,750 applications for permanent residency on a first-come, first-served basis.


Home Child Care Provider Pilot programs

In-home caretakers have the opportunity to apply for permanent residence after 24 months of qualified work experience in Canada according to the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilot programs. Additionally, it allows their family to work or seek a degree in Canada while they get professional experience. Starting on January 1st, 2023, new applications will be accepted for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot. 

In 2023, there will be new changes to the application process for career pilots, including applications and new TEER system occupation codes.


Eligibility criteria for the new Caregiver pilot programs 

In order to be eligible for a work permit under the Home Support Worker Pilot (HSWP) or Home Child Care Provider (HCCP), the candidate must:

  • have a valid job offer for a full-time position from a Canadian employer.
  • have education, training, or experience relevant to the occupation you are applying for [home child care provider (NOC 4411) or home support worker (NOC 4412)].
  • Have CLB 5 in French and English.
  • have completed one year of postsecondary education in Canada or have a foreign degree of equal level (ECA report is required for overseas education).
  • allowed to enter Canada.


Agri-Food Pilot Programs (AFP) 

On January 1, 2023, the Canada Agri-Food Pilot will start accepting new applicants for the last year. The three-year pilot, which was first announced in 2021, will end this year. Specifically, in the year-round production of mushrooms and greenhouse crops, meat processing, and livestock raising industries, the AFP Program is an economic pilot program created to help address the labor needs of the Canadian agri-food sector and attract experienced, non-seasonal workers who can settle in Canada.

To be eligible to apply for the AFP Program, foreign nationals must have a job offer in a qualifying occupation and industry combination as well as meet minimum standards for language proficiency, education, work experience, immigration status (if applicable), and settlement funds (if necessary).

The Agri-Food Pilot Program provides a path to permanent residency for skilled, non-seasonal workers in specific industries and professions.

Under this pilot program, only 2,750 applications will be accepted for permanent residence. Applications will be handled in the order they are received.


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