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How to Apply for the Caring for Children Program

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How to Apply for the Caring for Children Program

Jade Calver

Who Can Apply

The Caring for Children Program is open to those who have experience working in Canada as a home child care provider.

Applicants must have 2 years of full-time work experience in Canada as a home care provider in the last four years. This work experience must include caring for children under the age of 18 in your own home, or in your employer’s home. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), full-time work means at least 30 hours of paid work per week. IRCC does allow for breaks in employment for purposes such as sick leave and parental leave. However, work experience accumulated as a full-time student is not included and does not count towards this 2-year requirement. 

IRCC also specifies that home child care providers must have work experience that matches the description in Canada’s National Occupation Classification (NOC) Group 4411. Furthermore, in your application, you must show that you performed the duties in the job description, according to this NOC Group. Home child care providers perform duties such as:

  • Supervise and care for children in employer's or own residence

  • Bathe, dress and feed infants and children

  • Prepare formulas and change diapers for infants

  • Plan, prepare and serve meals for children and may perform other housekeeping duties

  • Oversee children's activities, such as meals and rest periods, as instructed by employer

  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment in the home

  • Instruct children in personal hygiene

  • Tend to the emotional well-being of children and support their social development

  • Discipline children according to the methods requested by the parents

  • Provide age-appropriate educational training through organized activities such as games, crafts, reading and outings

  • Take children to and from school and appointments

  • May be required to keep records of daily activities and health information regarding each child.

Note: Prospective applicants must have intentions to live outside the province of Quebec.

How to Apply

  1. Determine your eligibility to apply for this program using the information listed above and the information provided on the Government of Canada’s website.

  2. Download the Caring for Children application package. This package contains all of the forms you need to apply to the program.

  3. Validate and print your Generic Application Form. Be sure to sign and date the form where needed and include all pages of the application form with your application.

  4. Complete all forms included in the application. This includes: Additional Dependants/Declaration, Schedule A, Schedule 15, Additional Family Information, Supplementary Information, and more.

  5. Use the Document Checklist to be sure you have completed and included everything required.

    It’s important to note that you will now be required to give your fingerprints and photos (also referred to as biometrics) when you apply for permanent residence. To learn more about this, visit our biometrics information page.

  6. Pay your application fees. You will need to pay a processing fee for yourself as well as any family members accompanying you to Canada. You will also need to pay the right of permanent residence fee. You may also need to pay for a medical exam, police certificate, language testing, and an Educational Credential Assessment report.

  7. Submit your application! You can submit your application by mail to the appropriate Case Processing Centre.

What to do After You Apply

The current estimated processing time for the Caring for Children Class is 6 months. This means it will take approximately 6 months for IRCC to receive your application and make a decision. An IRCC officer will decide to accept or reject your application based on whether you meet the eligibility criteria for the program, the results of your medical exam, and the information of your police certificates in addition to the results of other background checks.

The Caregiver Program in Canada 2019

The Caring Children Program started as a five-year pilot project in 2014. As such, it is set to expire in November of 2019. This means eligible candidates who wish to apply for this program should do so within the next few months to ensure they allow IRCC enough time to receive and process their application before the program expires. Be sure to keep the estimated processing time of 6 months in mind when deciding how far in advance to submit your application.

Are you interested in applying for this program before it expires?
Book a consultation with Jade to determine your eligibility and get your application started.