Q: Why do live-in caregivers and nannies mostly come from
outside of Canada?
A: It is very simple! As many of us know, it is virtually
impossible to find a reliable and affirdable live-in
caregiver/nanny in Canada. A combination of factors,
including a booming economy, a rapidly growing population of
young and educated Canadians, etc... has created a shortage
of caregivers and nannies that agree to live with their
employer. Realizing this shortage, Canadian Government has
decided to assist such Canadian families that require the
services of live-ins by establishing a "Foreign Live-In
Caregiver Program", whereby it is much easier and quicker
for a caregiver to receive a work visa in Canada than for
many other professions. realizing that it is in the best
interests of Canadian population that live-in caregivers and
nannies are attracted to Canada, foreign live-in caregivers
and nannies are allowed to apply for permanent residence in
Canada after working in Canada for two years.
Q: Where do caregivers come from?
A: The majority of our caregivers originate from the
Philippines and Southeast Asia. All of them have years of
previous experience working as nannies and caregivers in
English-speaking environments. A great deal of them have
formal education in health care and education. Their
mentality is friendly and due to the fact that all of them
have worked abroad for a number of years, they adapt quickly
and get along well with their employers.
Q: How long does it take to hire a caregiver and what do
we have to do?
A: A foreign live-in caregiver can commence her
employment with you only after her visa and work permit are
issued by the Government of Canada. Upon entry, they can
work only for you. The name of the employer is actually
typed into the work permit. Relocation of a caregiver/nanny
is a two-step process. Once you and the nanny sign an
employment agreement, an application for a Labour Market
Opinion is filed with the HRSDC (Human Resources Development Canada).
After HRSDC sends you a confirmation letter , an application
for a work permit and visa is filed with the Canadian
Consular Post in the country , where the nanny is located.
Our company employs a team of Canadian Immigration
professionals who work with us and the employer to ensure
that the process is quick and efficient. Please visit
independently learn how to bring a nanny to work for you.
To make the hiring process easier for you and for the nanny,
our company functions as a one-stop-shop. Once you contact
us, we forward to you links with profiles of caregivers and
nannies. Upon choosing a nanny or a caregiver, we forward to
you an employment agreement for signature. This is a
standard employment agreement. Please visit
Useful Links to review a
sample employment agreement. After you and the nanny sign
the employment agreement, our immigration consultants
prepare the HRSDC application and we forward it to you for
signature. Upon having it signed, we file it with the HRSDC.
The HRSDC process can take anywhere from a few weeks to two
or even three months. After the HRSDC
sends us their
confirmation of the job offer, our immigration consultants
prepare the nanny's application for a work visa in Canada.
This process usually takes a few weeks to two months.
Therefore, the whole process can take anywhere from two to
As we are a "one-stop-shop", we make the process easy for
you. A case worker is assigned to each nanny/family and we
do our best to bring a nanny to you as quickly as possible.
We urge you to visit
to browse through the relevant FAQs.
Q: What is better for me - caregiver male or female?
A: Statistics demonstrate that female workers dominate in
this workforce. Most Canadians prefer to hire female nannies
and caregivers for traditional reasons, especially when it
comes to taking care of children. Nevertheless, in certain
situations, male caregivers may be preferred. A research
study was conducted in 2006 by NIOH in the area of child and
elderly care. The researchers found, that male caregivers
may perform better than female workers in certain
situations. Here are just a few findings:
- Naturally male caregivers may promote and deliver more
power in duties that requires physical actions, as
movement of disabled person or outdoor activities with
- Male caregivers can deal better with elderly
especially with Alzheimer and dementia patients than
- Male caregivers more often serve as a buddy or a
friend to the child while female caregivers often serve as
a teacher or supervisor and worst - as a dictator;
- Male caregivers can perform housekeeping tasks better
than female caregivers especially at winter time;
Female caregivers have limitations in performing technical
and physical duties compared to male caregivers especially
in times of emergencies.
However, the researchers found, that the best performers are
This information you may keep in mind when there is a choice
between male and female caregiver candidates (and a couple
too). Of course this is entirely up to you to decide who is
better for you.
Q: What is a caregiver couple?
A: This is a family, who perform caregiver duties.
In most cases a caregiver may have a husband or a wife, and
he or she also eligible for Canadian visa and work permit.
Those husbands or wives may wish to come to Canada with
their beloved halves, who will work as Live-in caregivers.
So those husbands and wives may live in a separate
apartment, work somewhere else, and meet their beloved
halves once or twice a week. Another possibility is if you
as employer offer to your caregiver permission to bring her
or his spouse and live together in the room, that you have
reserved for the caregiver. Even if you will pay to only one
of them (his or her spouse may work somewhere else), the
spouse will help in some duties to your caregiver, as for
example housekeeping or shopping. There is may other
advantages of such situation, however it's only a
possibility to consider and this is only you who should
decide if you need a couple or just a single caregiver.
Q: How much do I pay to a caregiver?
A: It depends on the conditions of the contract, concluded
between you and caregiver. You should pay no less than a
minimum salary, permitted by provincial law. The salary
should depend on experience and skills, and normally it's in
the range of 1,000 - 1400 $CA per month. Be aware that a
caregiver has right to change employer without visa
cancellation and to be sure that you will keep your
caregiver you may check how is the average salary for
caregivers in your region.
Q: What may I ask caregiver to do?
A: All in what you need help, for example cooking, laundry,
shopping, driving etc.Of course, you should think first and
mention the job duties when you first let our company know
that you require a nanny or a careguver. Illegal demands are
not accepted in any way, be aware that rights of foreign
caregivers are protected by provincial and federal laws.
Quite often you may require assistance that is not specified
in the employment agreement. These cases are usually handled
on a case-by-case basis. If you are nice to your nanny,
usually she does not mind doing that "extra" just to keep
you happy. Although, you maintain the right to terminate the
caregiver's employment at any time, you should not take
advantage of her or him just because they are new to Canada.
It is to your mutual advantage to establish open and
friendly relationship. So, please talk to her/him and try to
find how you may help your caregiver to adapt to the new
job, place, and country.
So, we look forward to selecting a perfect caregiver or
nanny for you .
If you have any questions please contact us
or call us at (416)-628-8465