Ashton College is the Ideal Solution for Immigrants Seeking Career Development

Ashton College offers comprehensive courses in both Human Resources and Immigration Consulting, which are worth exploring in light of recent reforms to Canada’s Caregiver Program.

In essence, changes to the program include ending the live-in requirement, and providing eligible caregivers with two pathways that will lead to permanent residence within six months.

In addition, caregivers in a variety of health care occupations, including registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse aides, orderlies, patient service associates and home support workers, will also have a pathway to permanent residence.

Senior woman is visited home by her doctor or caregiver at home

Eligible caregivers in this stream would be able to gain their work experience either in providing in-home care or care in a health-care facility to an elderly person or a person with a disability or chronic medical condition. This pathway offers more career options for eligible caregivers, and targets workers in occupations that are expected to face labour shortages in the future. Applications in this stream would also be processed within six months.

 

Caring for Children Pathway

  • On November 30, 2014, a pathway for child care providers will be launched and applications will be processed within six months.
  • The requirements for the pathway include:
  • two years of full-time work experience in Canada as a home child care provider within the past four years;
  • a minimum language requirement of “initial intermediate” by meeting Canadian Language Benchmark 5 in a designated third-party language test; and
  • a Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least one year, or an equivalent foreign credential supported by an Educational Credential Assessment.
    • The number of applications through this program each year will be capped at 2,750 principal applicants. Spouses and dependants will not be counted against the cap.
    • The caregiver will no longer be required to live in the home of their employer.

 

Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway

  • On November 30, 2014, a pathway will be launched for caregivers who provide support to those with high medical needs and applications will be processed within six months.
  • This program will feature criteria that many current live-in caregivers already meet. The requirements for the pathway include:
    • two years of full-time work experience in Canada providing in-home care or care in a health facility to the elderly or persons with disabilities or chronic disease as, for example, a registered nurse, a registered psychiatric nurse, a licensed practical nurse, a nurse aide, a patient service associate or a home support worker;
    • demonstrating that they are licensed to practice in Canada, if applicable;
    • a minimum language requirement of “intermediate” by meeting Canadian Language Benchmark 7 in a designated third-party language test, if applying as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse;
    • a minimum language requirement of “initial intermediate” by meeting Canadian Language Benchmark 5 in a designated third-party language test, if applying in any other qualifying occupation; and
    • a Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least one year, or an equivalent foreign credential supported by an Educational Credential Assessment.
  • The occupations chosen for this pathway were identified in consultation with ESDC and Health Canada as health-care occupations that are likely to experience labour shortages in the future.

 

References:

http://www.ashtoncollege.com/programs/human-resources-management-online/

http://www.ashtoncollege.com/programs/immigration-consultant-diploma-imcd-full-time/

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=898729

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=898719

 

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