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Canada’s Caregiver Program

Canada’s Caregiver Program is offered and administered by the government of Canada and is the primary means by which foreign caregivers come to Canada as elder-care, special needs, and childcare providers.

On November 30, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada replaced the Live-in Caregivers Program (LCP) with a two-stream program that caps the number of permanent residency applications at 5,500 a year. Caregivers no longer have universal access to permanent residence status after working in Canada for two years, and must apply under two categories ’ those caring for children, and those caring for people with high medical needs.

  • Caring for Children Pathway: A pathway to permanent residence for caregivers who have provided child care in a home, either living in the home or not.
  • Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway: A pathway to permanent residence for caregivers who have provided care for the elderly or those with disabilities or chronic disease at higher skill levels in health facilities or in a home.

Caregiver Program

Ottawa will allow 2,750 caregivers under both new streams to access permanent residency. Participants are still required to complete two years of work, similar to the LCP, but are now required to have one year-post secondary study in Canada or a foreign diploma or certificate that has been given equivalency here. Caregivers must also pass stringent language requirements ’ a Level 5 language test in either English or French, or if the caregiver is a registered nurse or a psychiatric nurse he or she must pass a Level 7 language test. Other changes include elimination of the live-in requirement and shortened processing times for permanent residency applications to six months.

Between 2008 and 2013, the program granted permanent residency to more than 60,000 live-in caregivers and their families. More than 90% of primary applicants are women from the Philippines, an unsurprising statistic given the fact that the Philippines was the top source country for permanent residents to Canada in 2014.

A Poor Reception

The changes to the Caregiver Program have received negative reactions since they were first introduced, with immigrant rights activist groups like the Caregivers Action Centre in Toronto criticizing many new aspects of the program. Spokesperson Pura Velasco stated that “[guaranteed residency] is the only thing that would protect workers from abuse and allow them to speak up about abuses without risk of deportation”. She also noted another change ’ Ottawa will no longer entertain humanitarian and compassionate appeals for caregiver’s dependents. “If dependents are declared inadmissible, the caregiver will also be declared inadmissible. That is new and it’s too harsh. All these changes are so harsh and will push caregivers into more precarious employment.”

Families and individuals hoping to hire caregivers under the program have been frustrated frustrated by long wait times and lost applications.

Stephen Harper, when questioned on Friday, May 8 about the changes to the Caregiver Program stated that his government’s goals were to make sure that immigrants were not filling jobs that Canadians could do, while allowing temporary workers the the ability to move towards being permanent citizens.

“This country is not going to have a policy, as long as I’m prime minister, where we will have a permanent underclass of … people who are so-called temporary, but here forever, with no rights of citizenship and no rights of mobility. That is not the Canadian way we do immigration. So we’re going to make sure that program does not drift in that direction.”

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  1. Naveed ahmad says:

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  2. catherine li says:

    Do you have some detail information about the course

  3. horieh qurashi says:

    Hello dear sirs
    I am a female from Jordan
    I have been worked as an elderly caregiver for three years
    I am interested to study in this field
    please advise
    thanks and best regards

  4. Olabisi Deji-Dada says:

    I love the caregiver program. Am a Family physician based in Nigeria. I sincerely wish to be a caregiver either for the elderly or children. I believe that having a diploma in this regard in Canada, coupled with my skills acquired as a Primary health giver will aid me more to be an effective caregiver.
    Could you Kindly assist me in this regard?
    Thank you very much.

  5. Chinwe Omotoyo says:

    Want to find out about the care giver course. Want to know how long the program runs for and the cost.

  6. Femay Ricamora says:

    i am interested to enrolled caregiver program.

    • Maria Bychkova says:

      Hi Femay,
      Unfortunately, we don’t offer a caregiver program. You can choose from two programs in human services that we have – a community support worker and a special education assistant.

      Please visit this page to learn more about these programs, including the information on admissions, course duration and tuition fee for international students:
      https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/department/human-services/

      If you’re willing to learn more please submit an enquiry form on this page: https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/contact/

      Our admissions team will be in touch with you shortly.

      Thank you!

  7. elisha says:

    I wish t to come in canada for the course of caregiver

    • Maria Bychkova says:

      Hi Elisha,
      Unfortunately, we don’t offer a caregiver program. You can choose from two programs in human services that we have – a community support worker and a special education assistant.

      Please visit this page to learn more about these programs, including the information on admissions, course duration and tuition fee for international students:
      https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/department/human-services/

      If you’re willing to learn more please submit an enquiry form on this page: https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/contact/

      Our admissions team will be in touch with you shortly.

      Thank you!

  8. ANEEL EMMANUAL says:

    I am interested in caregiver course / diploma. Please send me requirements for admission & course duration including fee for international students. Thank you.

    • Maria Bychkova says:

      Hi Aneel,

      Unfortunately, we don’t offer a caregiver program. You can choose from two programs in human services that we have – a community support worker and a special education assistant.

      Please visit this page to learn more about these programs, including the information on admissions, course duration and tuition fee for international students:
      https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/department/human-services/

      If you’re willing to learn more please submit an enquiry form on this page: https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/contact/

      Our admissions team will be in touch with you shortly.

      Thank you!

  9. Elham Hafezian Razavi says:

    Hello – I have been an In Home Caregiver in Ontario since 2018 on a 24 month contract. I am interested to apply for Permanent Residency prior to the end of my contract and would like to know if Canada’s Caregiver Program offered by Ashton College is acceptable. Also would like to know if the course is offered online and would appreciate all details on fees, etc. Thank you.

  10. Nina Muntanga says:

    I am interested in this program and would like to work as a care giver in Canada. Am a Zambian aged 41 with 3 children and my nationality is Zambian. I reside in Lusaka-zambia

  11. Josephine Macharia says:

    Would like to join via online studies train and be equiped.

  12. Rodney Zharare says:

    I would like to study for care giver course at your college in January 2020

  13. clarissa m . eseller says:

    i just want to inquire about elderly course. and how long it will take and how much . thank you

  14. Nelly Seif El Nasr says:

    Hi, I was just wondering if there was an Online Program to become a caregiver for an international student, or if there are any cheap programs on-campus? Thanks.

  15. Maria Bychkova says:

    Hi Vipin,

    Unfortunately, we do not offer any caregiver educational program at Ashton College. If you’re willing to consider other careers in human services please check these programs: Special Education Assistant Diploma program https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/programs/special-education-assistant-diploma/ and Community Support Worker Diploma program https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/programs/community-support-worker-diploma/

  16. Vipin paul says:

    How to get admission

  17. Maria Bychkova says:

    Hi Nasreena,
    In relation to your previous education and career, we offer two programs that might be of interest to you. These are Special Education Assistant Diploma program https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/programs/special-education-assistant-diploma/ and Community Support Worker Diploma program https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/programs/community-support-worker-diploma/
    If you still have more questions after reviewing these programs OR if you wish to apply for one of them, do not hesitate to contact our Admissions officer at [email protected].
    Hope to see you among our students soon.
    Thank you!

  18. Nasreena Jan says:

    I would like to work for the children with special needs of for the elderly. I already have Masters in Social work. I also would like to get trained in these areas if required.kindly send me some information for the same.
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Best regards,
    Nasreena Jan (Mariam)
    New Delhi, India
    Mobile: 0091 8505877193

  19. Maria Bychkova says:

    Hi Andrea,
    Thanks for your comment and your interest in becoming a caregiver. Unfortunately, Ashton College does not currently offer a caregiver study program.
    However, we have other programs related to careers in healthcare. You can find more information here: https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/department/healthcare-programs/
    Thank you!

  20. Andrea says:

    I am interested in Caregiver program.

    Please send me details.

    Thanks

    Andrea

  21. Maria Bychkova says:

    Hi Blanca,
    Thanks for your comment and your interest in becoming a caregiver. Unfortunately, Ashton College does not currently offer a caregiver study program.
    However, we have other programs related to careers in healthcare. You can find more information here: https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/department/healthcare-programs/
    Thank you!

  22. Blanca Betancourt says:

    How I can apply for the program high medical needs

  23. Blanca Betancourt says:

    I want start a online program for care giver right now I will like to have some information about the price and how get in

  24. Maria Bychkova says:

    Hi Jude,
    Thanks for your comment and your interest in becoming a caregiver in Canada. Unfortunately, Ashton College does not currently offer a caregiver training program.
    However, we have other programs related to careers in healthcare. You can find more information here: https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/department/healthcare-programs/
    Thank you!

  25. Maria Bychkova says:

    Hi Vicky,
    Thanks for your comment and your interest in becoming a caregiver. Unfortunately, Ashton College does not currently offer a caregiver study program.
    However, we have other programs related to careers in healthcare. You can find more information here: https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/department/healthcare-programs/
    Thank you!

  26. Maria Bychkova says:

    Hi Eta,
    Unfortunately, Ashton College does not currently offer a caregiver study program.
    However, we have other programs related to careers in healthcare. You can find more information here: https://www.ashtoncollege.ca/department/healthcare-programs/
    Thank you!

  27. Jude says:

    My name is Jude from Nigeria. I have a 12 year old son with Down’s syndrome and want to get a skill in special need caregiving so as to help other people living with disability. I have a passion for people living with disability, particularly children. I wish to immigrate to Canada with my family of 4 children and my wife who is an Insurance professional and has almost 9 years working experience here with the Nigerian Government.
    Thank you.

  28. Vicky Xu says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Very glad to know you from Internet.

    This is Vicky Xu from China. I am interested in your Full-time Caregiver Training Program.
    Now I am 41 years old, and I am female. I graduated from the University in 1999, and I have college certificate. I have a son and he is 10 years old. In the past few years, I mainly was taking care of my son by myself as a housewife, meanwhile, I have a part time job at home as a document specialist in an export and import company. Also I am good at Chinese dessert.
    I wonder if possible for me to be enrolled this training program? And can you help me to get study permit? Of course, my final aim is to get work permit and permanent residence.

    Hope to receive you detailed reply.

    Thanks and B.rgds

    Vicky

  29. Eta Emmanuel Eta says:

    I wish to have some information on how to apply for the caregivers course.

    Thank you

  30. Tolulope Adetunbi says:

    Good day,

    What’s the fee for care giver programmes?

  31. Laurine Uday Desai says:

    I want to apply for caregiver program. I love this career, Am mom of 4 children

  32. IDOWU ABOSEDE says:

    I want to apply for your caregiver program. I am 33 years old from Nigeria, with a BA in English language, graduated from Babcock University.
    i have 5 ears experience as a Sales and Service representative.

  33. Liang Yi Chia says:

    I want to apply for your caregiver program. I am 29y/o from taiwan.with a degree in bs microbiology graduate d from a university in the Phil.

  34. YANGSUK RA says:

    I am interested about care.giver curses,Montreal or online courses.

    • Ekaterina Grishko says:

      Hello Yangsuk,

      Ashton College offers programs related to the Caregiver career. However, all of them are currently offered only in in-class format through our Vancouver and Abbotsford campuses.
      Please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Officer if you would like to get more information or apply for any of the upcoming start dates!
      Email: [email protected]
      Phone: (604) 628-5784

      Hope this helps!

  35. luke says:

    [email protected]

    i am interested in care giving. please send me some information. Uganda

  36. Jaimie Burdett says:

    Hello. I’m a mom of 4 and am looking at options as to what do I do next. I’d love this career so wondered how I go about doing it.

    • Ekaterina Grishko says:

      Hello Jaimie,

      We certainly have options for you to get your Caregiver career started!
      Your information will be passed along to our Admissions Office, and he will contact you shortly.

      All the best!

  37. nice post dear, loved to read live in caregiver information dear.

  38. izzy says:

    Greetings of Merry Christmas to Ashton College! I am keen doing a course relatedly to aged care or caregiver, at the moment i hold a visitor or tourist visa. just arrived here from the Philippines last week, can you please assist me with requirements to comply studies and schedule so i can comply soon. I am an undergraduate of Certificate III in aged care at adelaide m south australia.

  39. jagdeep singh says:

    myself jagdeep singh i am from India i did my graduation in b.com now i want to do caregiver program. please tell me the requirements of the course, duration and fees of the course.

  40. I am interested to study as a live in caregiver, l’ll like you to assist me with all the information l need for the whole process, l am currently residing in South Africa but original born in Zimbabwe, l’ll love to join your team as l love this job with passion, l am looking forward to hear from you soon, thanks

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