How to Hire a Live-in Nanny From the Philippines to Work in Canada
How to sponsor a nanny from the Philippines to work in Canada
If you are an employer and you need to hire or sponsor a Babysitter or a Live-in Nanny or a Live-in Caregiver from outside Canada (e.g. Philippines), this website will show you the step by step procedure of what you need to do. You can either do the paper works and application by yourself or through the services of a representative or live-in nanny employment agencies or consultants (be prepared to pay the fees for their services, it is not cheap, they charge thousands of Canadian dollars).
Foreign workers with a good experience and education as caregiver or nanny, can be qualified to apply with a work permit in Canada. After 2 to 3 years you will have opportunity to become a landed immigrant and soon be a Canadian citizen. Once you're a citizen, you can enjoy all the rights and privileges that Canada has to offer, most importantly its healthcare system which is one of the world's best.
Advantages and Benefits of hiring a Live-in Nanny
1. You (the mother) can work and help your husband provide for the family income and expenses.
2. You can help someone from outside Canada (Philippines) to get employed in Canada and have the opportunity to become a landed immigrant and soon be Canadian citizen. There are so many healthcare professionals outside Canada (especially in the Philippines) who are professionally qualified but have hard time finding a job.
3. You as employer help add to Canada's workforce of professional healthcare employees.
4. You help Immigration Canada in their mission to get professional immigrants to Canada and support Canada's population, economic income, and wealth.
5. You save on income taxes. You can deduct $7000/year per child on your income tax. If you have 2 children, you save $14,000/year on income taxes. This money is deducted from the spouse (parent) with lower income.
6. Live-in nannies can help you in other home duties such as cleaning the house, cooking food, doing laundry, helping a child to go to school (drop and pick-up), groceries, shopping, travel, etc.
7. Live-in nannies work full time for you, therefore, you will have flexible time, and not having to worry about your kids.
8. Professional and caring Live-in nannies deliver superior services compared to daycare centers or child care centers which charge you expensive costs but deliver less services to your kid because they have other kids to take care of and not focus the care only to your child.
9. Your child will be healthier and receive better and proper care compared to daycare and child care centers where children acquire and spread virus, infection, disease, or simple cold from other unhealthy and sick kids.
Employer requirements in hiring (sponsoring) a live-in child caregiver:
1. Financial capacity. The employer must be capable of paying the employee minimum wage. This wage varies per province, $10.25/hour in Ontario (2012). This is roughly $1600 per month.
2. Private room for nanny. Bedroom Description - Size and area, safety, furnishings, window, telephone, internet requirements as set by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - HRSDC (
3. Live-in nanny job advertisement for a minimum of 14 calendar days. Job bank Service Canada website ( job advertisement, Kijiji.ca, Craigslist.org, Metro newspaper, etc. After advertising, you will interview nanny applicants. Note that applicants are many all over the world. Make sure you have a good checklist of the qualities and character traits that suits your needs and your children and that is fair and best for the nanny too. Record the results of the interviews because you will need to submit proof of your efforts to recruits nannies.
4. Employer Business Number. Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Business Registration for Payroll Deductions account. This is where the CPP, income taxes, EI benefits for the employee are taken from.
5. LABOUR MARKET OPINION (LMO) for FOREIGN LIVE-IN CAREGIVER.
6. Employment Contract. LIVE-IN CAREGIVER EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE CONTRACT.
7. The link shows a sample of how to prepare this report document showing the results of your efforts to hire a nanny within Canada.
8. Notice of Assessment, Notice of Reassessment from CRA.
How to apply as live-in caregiver from Philippines to Canada
Employee Requirements (applying for work permit)
1. APPLICATION FOR A WORK PERMIT UNDER THE LIVE-IN CAREGIVER PROGRAM. Download the checklist on the Helpful Links below.
2. Medical exam.
3. Family Information.
4. Additional Form for Live-in Caregiver.
5. Valid passport.
6. Photocopy of the picture page of passport.
7. Processing fee.
8. Employment contract signed by employee (nanny, caregiver) and employer.
9. Positive (Approved) Labour Market Opinion (LMO).
10. Original records of education after high school. Must have at least 72 credits.
11. Minimum of 6 months of accredited full-time training.
12. Letter of Employment showing duties.
13. Employment certificates.
14. Proof of employer's Social Security System (SSS) and/or Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) contributions.
15. NBI certificate/clearance.
16. Use of Representative form (if you required the services of Agency, Consultant or Third-party representative during your application).
17. Authority to release personal information form.
18. Police Certificates.
19. Interview may be required. Depends on the decision of the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines. Here is the website link:
Helpful Links and Websites:
Download Application Forms, Guides, Guidebook, General information
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.