Caregivers can now enter Canada with the members of their family as well as get permanent residence as the two immigration pilot programs are being launched by the Trudeau government.
The new programs are designed to help caregivers in a variety of ways including removal of barriers that prevent families of caregivers from joining them in Canada, greater freedom to change jobs as required, the offering of open work permits and study permits to their spouses and dependent children respectively.
Before applicants under these programs start working, they will be assessed for permanent residence. Once given work permits, applicants will become permanent residents after two years of working in the country.
‘Caring for People with High Medical Needs’ and ‘Caring for Children’ pilot programs will be replaced by the Home Support Worker pilot and the Home Child Care Provider pilot because they are considered ineffective according to Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.
The new programs which will start later this year will take a maximum of 5,500 principal applicants per year – 2,750 apiece.
Care for Caregivers
Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s immigration minister, said the new programs are designed to care for caregivers. Canada is showing its commitment towards caregivers by giving them the opportunity to become permanent residents as well as bring their families to the country, he said.
An interim Pathway for Caregivers program is equally being provided for caregivers who entered Canada after 2014 changes. This is for the benefit of those who came into the country to face the reality that existing programs had no provision of permanent residence for them. Now, they have a chance to remain in Canada permanently via the interim program that will open between March 4 and June 4.
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