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Canada introduces new caregiver pilot programs for Nigerians, others

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Canadian government has announced the launch of new caregiver pilot programs that will grant foreign caregivers permanent residency upon their arrival.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) disclosed this in a statement.

According to IRCC, the new pilot programs will offer home care workers permanent residence status on arrival in Canada instead of requiring a certain amount of work experience before applying for permanent residence.

These initiatives are designed to ensure the seamless continuation of essential care services for Canadian families as the existing Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilots near their end.

Marc Miller, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister, unveiled the programs, stressing the government’s dedication to addressing the crucial home care needs of children, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities.

“Caregivers play a critical role in supporting Canadian families, and our programs need to reflect their invaluable contributions,” Miller stated, as reported by The Globe and Mail. “As we work to implement a permanent caregivers program, these two new pilots will not only improve support for caregivers but also provide families with the quality care they deserve.”

Meanwhile, to be eligible, applicants must attain a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark level 4 (whereas currently they must attain level 5); hold the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma (whereas currently they require a post-secondary credential); have recent and relevant work experience; and receive an offer for a full-time home care job.

A timeframe for implementation of the pilots has not yet been announced but more information on eligibility criteria and application details will be available before the launch, the Canadian government said.

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