Canada reduces work experience requirements for caregivers

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Canada reduces work experience requirements for caregivers on February 10, 2023, the Government of Canada announced that the amount of work experience in Canada required for a caregiver to be eligible for permanent residence had decreased from 24 months to 12 months. 


Furthermore, some spots in the existing caregivers’ pathways have been kept open to caregivers with past work experience in Canada so they can apply for permanent residence. 


Starting April 30, 2023, this change will be applied retroactively to all caregivers who have already submitted their applications. As a result, they and their families can make the most of an expedited pathway toward permanent residency in Canada.


The other eligibility requirements are the same. Candidates for both programs must demonstrate the following:

  • Results of a language test showing a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 5.
  • one year of postsecondary education in Canada or its equivalent abroad; and passing an entry exam (health, criminality, and security).


Candidates must now be able to show the following in terms of job experience:

  • Work experience that corresponds to NOC codes 4411 or 4412 for national occupational classification.
  • It cannot be a combination of both jobs; the work experience must be in one of these jobs.
  • The candidate’s job matched most of the main responsibilities as stated in the NOC job description.
  • A week of paid work should include at least 30 hours to be considered proper.


The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Said: 

“Caregivers are a valuable option for Canadian families and have assisted many growing children, elderly parents, and people who require more specialized care. By reducing the amount of work experience required in Canada to one year, more caretakers and their families will be eligible to change to a permanent residence more quickly, allowing them to settle down and begin their new lives in Canada.”


– Salma Zahid, Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre

“Caregivers are essential in assisting Canadian families, so it is an honor for us to give them a faster route to permanent residence and successful integration into Canadian society. Recognizing the sacrifices made by caretakers and the significance of their service to Canadian society, the administration has reduced the required work experience and reserved certain pathways to permanent residence.”


– Rechie Valdez, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville 

“It is our responsibility to help Canadian caretakers. We may show our appreciation for the dedication and efforts of caretakers in a variety of ways as well as by reducing work experience requirements and creating unique pathways to permanent residency. To recognize the value that caretakers bring to our society and to Canada, we are committed to improving the procedure and implementing the necessary improvements.


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