The Canadian federal government has proposed changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program. The Live-in Caregiver Program lets qualified individuals come to Canada as temporary workers to provide care for children, the elderly or disabled in private homes. If a live-in caregiver meets requirements, he or she can then apply for permanent residence in Canada after two years.
The main problem with this program has been the exploitation of caregivers by employment agencies who charge exorbitant fees to find these caregivers employment.
Not only will the new regulations make it easier for live-in caregivers to apply for permanent residence it will also give them more protection from abuse or exploitation.
The changes that will make it easier for live-in caregivers to apply for permanent residence in Canada and will include:
• eliminating the second medical exam before becoming a permanent resident
• allowing live-in caregivers who work overtime to apply for permanent residence sooner
• increasing the time that live-in caregivers are allowed to complete the work requirement for permanent residence from three to four years.
These changes will also protect live in caregivers from exploitation by prohibiting employers from using employment agencies that charge caregivers fees for their services.
Families and Nannies do have other alternatives. There are websites that do provide the same service as most of these agencies. These sites charge less than $100. Canada Immigration does a thorough interview of each applicant so it is not necessary to pay an agency an exorbitant fee for this service.
When considering hiring a live in nanny there are definite pros and cons you should consider.
You’ll find that there are some perks to having a childcare provider live with you. Though it’s not for everyone, if you’re considering a live-in nanny, here are the advantages
1.Having a live-in nanny is more affordable than one that is live-out. You can negotiate a lower salary in exchange for providing room and board. Also, most live in nannies are relatively new to the country and have entry level salary expectations.
2.Usually live in nannies are more flexible with regard to hours worked and additional hours that may be required if you travel and/or need over night care.
3.Live in nannies are sometimes be more available for additional hours with short notice as they are not required to commute to their place of employment.
The are also some challenges when employing a live in nanny that should be addressed.
1.Most live in nannies are on the “live in Caregiver program” which means you must apply to Service Canada so that the offer of employment can be assessed. This can be a time consuming and confusing process which involves approval from three government agencies. For more information regarding this process please go to
2.Although it is nice for your nanny to become a member of your family there are sometimes problematic issues with regard to privacy for both your family and your nanny. If you do not have private self-contained accommodation your nanny will be living in your home using your kitchen and coming and going on her time off. If is important to set some clear guidelines with regard to her having friends and family over to visit or stay in your home.
3.If your live in nanny is from another country she may get lonely and rack up an extensive phone bill. She may also lack a social life and may need assistance and guidance with regard to networking in the community to make contacts. It is a good ideas to hire someone who already has an established social life and/or supportive family near by and will not rely on you to solely provide this for her.
In both live in and live out arrangements the most important issue is two way communication before and during your nanny’s employment with your family. Clearly explain your family life style and house rules when you are making the employment offer. This will decrease the likelihood of misunderstanding and miscommunication and will ultimately lead to a more successful employment arrangement