In Canada, there is a shortage of Canadians or Permanent Residents to fill positions as nannies and live-in caregivers. Live-in caregivers are individuals who are qualified to provide care for children, elderly persons or persons with disabilities in private homes without supervision. Live-in caregivers must live in the private home where they work in Canada.
Canadian Employers can hire foreign caregivers to work in Canada temporarily as a live-in caregiver, to help families care for children, elderly persons or people with disabilities. Live-in caregivers working in Canada under the Live-in Caregiver’s Program have two options for calculating their work experience to be eligible to apply for permanent residence:
24 months of authorized full-time employment
Total of 3,900 hours of authorized full-time employment
The caregiver has four years from their date of arrival to complete the employment requirement to be eligible for permanent residence under the Live-in Caregiver’s Program.
Requirements that Employer has to meet before they can hire live-in caregiver:
Employer must employ the live-in caregiver to work in his/her home on a full-time basis
Employers must provide the caregiver with a private bedroom or living area within their home
Employers must apply to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), for a labour market opinion.
Employers must prove that they have sufficient income to pay a live-in caregiver
Employers must make a job offer to live-in care giver that has primary caregiving duties for a child, an elderly or disabled person.
Nannies or Caregivers must meet these requirements to be eligible to apply as live-in caregiver:
A written contract with your future employer
Successful completion of academics that are at least equivalent of Canadian secondary school
Have at least 6 months of caregiver training in a fulltime program; or
A minimum of one year of full-time experience with at least 6 six months of experience with same employer during the past 3 years
Good knowledge of English or French
A work permit before you enter Canada
So, much does it cost you to have a live-in caregiver or nanny to take care of your loved ones?
Most parents and families automatically assume that they can’t afford a live-in caregiver, but once they take the time to learn about the live-in caregiver program, they learn that this is a very affordable option.
Live-in care providers offer the convenience of care within your own home. With live-in care, your morning routine can consist of getting yourself ready for work instead of worrying about getting everyone dressed, fed, ready and to the car for the morning commute. You can sympathetically look at your neighbor in her driveway juggling three kids, carseats, lunchboxes and backpacks while trying to keep her suit clean and pressed while you think about kissing your kids goodbye in the kitchen while they ate breakfast in their pajamas.
Let’s face it, very few work situations are 9-5 anymore. Whether you work for an employer or are self-employed, deadlines and projects don’t seem to fit into a simple work-day and you could use some flexible child care hours. With live in care, you don’t have to rush to pick up your kids by 6 pm or pay $5 for every minute you are late. You can schedule a date-night without having to scramble to find a babysitter who is unfamiliar with your kids and your home.
Choosing a Live-in Caregiver to be your child care provider can be a cost-effective way to save money and time. Live-in Caregivers do a lot more than just babysitting. They can prepare light meals for your family and take care of your children’s laundry for you. They often grocery shop for families and perform light housework such as tidying the general areas of your home and ensuring that your children’s rooms are picked up and organized. Live-in Caregivers are the extra set of hands that every modern family needs. When you calculate the cost of choosing a Live-in Care Provider and add in the extra benefits, you are sure to save both money and time…..so that you can have more money to spend on your children and more importantly, more time to spend with them!
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