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Updates on Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot by IRCC

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

On December 21, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published a program delivery update in the Home Child Care Provider Pilot (HCCPP) and Home Support Worker Pilot (HSWP).

The update clarifies the instructions including:

  • Putting an application into the process

  • Processing time

  • Language skills must be demonstrated in one evaluation

  • Pathways now identified as Category A & B

  • Additional instructions for proof of work experience in regards to the issuance of the occupation-restricted open work permit, etc

The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot are two economic pilot programs for foreign national caregivers. These two programs are for those with a qualifying job offer or Canadian work experience for work in an eligible caregiver occupation and meet minimum education and language proficiency requirements.

However, the applicant must demonstrate that they reach the threshold set by the Minister for language proficiency in either English or French, for each of the 4 language skill areas. These four language skills areas include reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Applicants must submit the results of an English or French language test from a designated testing organization to show that they meet the required language proficiencies. They must submit the results along with their application.

It is important to know that language test results must be less than 2 years old at the time of receipt, and will be used as conclusive evidence of an applicant’s language proficiency. As a matter of fact, other written evidence will not be considered.

Also, those eligible to apply are foreign nationals who:

  • have the ability to become economically established in Canada

  • intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec

  • meet the minimum language proficiency threshold set for that occupation

  • meet the minimum education requirement

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