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Is my Nanny / Caregiver off on the August long weekend in Toronto?

The first Monday in August is called Simcoe Day in Toronto.  This is a civic holiday. Provincially regulated employers are not required by law to give this day off. Employers may choose to give their nanny or caregiver off however it is not required.  Most retail stores are open on the civic holiday across the province.

Why is sponsoring Nannies from overseas becoming less and less popular?

Why is sponsoring Nannies from overseas becoming less and less popular? Should I sponsor a Nanny from overseas or hire someone already in Canada?
There area several reasons why families are not sponsoring nannies as much as they used to.
 
Firstly, On Jan 1 2018, minimum wage was raised to $14 an hour. Ever since the minimum wage increase, it seems like less and less people are sponsoring nannies and caregivers from overseas. Sponsoring a nanny from overseas comes with many financial obligations as well as a lot of paperwork. With the minimum wage increase, many families are finding that the financial benefits along with the hassle are no longer worth it.
 
Secondly, in order to sponsor a nanny from overseas families must be ready to spend $1000 on the LMIA processing fee. This fee is not refundable. One of the reasons for this fee is that the government is trying to encourage families to hire Canadians.
 
Thirdly, families must also pay for all transportation costs as well as health insurance until the worker is covered by the appropriate provincial/territorial health insurance plan. Employers must also buy workplace safety insurance.
 
Lastly, many families enjoyed having their nanny live in with them as well. Nannies are no longer obligated to live with the family that sponsors them! Nannies may choose to live out if they desire.
Are you looking to hire a nanny or caregiver already in Toronto?  Whether you are looking for full time or part time help, TheNannyPages.ca is here for all your hiring needs and has helped thousands of families find the help they were looking for. No need to deal with all the new sponsorship laws. The hiring process is quick, easy and affordable.
 
Some families still choose to sponsor a nanny from overseas even though it is an inconvenience, because they want someone who is reliable and will stay with them for a long period of time. Even though they are able to leave at any time, it is a hassle to find a new employer and do the paperwork again.

92 Year old Dick Van Dyke acts in the new Mary Poppins Returns looking just like he did in the original! Seniors Keeping Young!

Dick Van Dyke (who is 92 years old) dances on a desk in the new Mary Poppins Returns, looking exactly like Mr Dawes in the original Mary Poppins. Not everyone needs a Caregiver at 92.

Ottawa is cutting the LMIA fee for many!

Ottawa is cutting the LMIA fee for many!

The new regulations apply to those who earn less than $150,000 a year and want to hire someone from abroad to look after their children. Those seeking to hire a caregiver for people with a physical or mental illness will also be exempt from the fee

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/12/27/government-axes-1000-application-fee-to-hire-foreign-nannies-and-caregivers.html

What is the going rate for a Nanny?

Hi, What is the going rate is for a part time Nanny or Housekeeper in Toronto? I used to pay $12 an hour but I was told by a friend that I am way off base.

Thanks,

Beatrice

 

Hi Beatrice,

Most recently, the cost of hiring a Nanny, Housekeeper or Elder Care in Toronto seems to be on the rise. While $12.00 an hour was acceptable a few years ago, it is no longer the going rate in the Toronto area. I would say that the minimum you can expect to pay hourly is $15 an hour. While the rate will vary, nannies and housekeepers in Toronto will typically charge anywhere between $15 to $20 an hour.

All the best,

Rachel

Minimum Wage is on the Rise!

How do you feel about the introduced legislation to increase Ontario’s general minimum wage from $11.40 per hour to:

$11.60 per hour on October 1, 2017 (already announced in March 2017)
$14 per hour on January 1, 2018
$15 per hour on January 1, 2019

This sounds like amazing news for employees that are currently earning minimum wage!

However, will we start to see more self checkout counters in stores and supermarkets? Will employers start cutting employee hours? Will products start to become more expensive to cover the increase in salaries?