Summary and Comments
Before You Look Abroad
Contact your local Human Resources
Centre and be familiar with the terms of the Foreign Live-In Caregiver
Program before you spend time and money looking abroad. HRC may require
you to show that you have made reasonable effort to hire locally. You
must satisfy HRC's income requirement and be able to offer your employee
acceptable accomodation. Your offer must specify the duties of the
caregiver, such as care of children or an elderly or disabled person.
The nannies in Singapore typically take care of one or more children and
sometimes, less often, an elderly/disabled person.
must have the equivalent of a Canadian High School education.
All our applicants satisfy this
have six months of full-time training or 12 month of expereince in a
field or occupation you are offering.
All our applicants satisfy the
must be able to speak read and understand either English or French. She
must be able to function independently. Some foreign nannies do not satisfy this requirement, but we
only register applicants who do.
How to Hire a Foreign Live-in
Employers are responsible for finding the live-in caregiver.
Such as by using the services of an agency like ours, Inter-Mares
Management Services. When you have found your would-be caregiver,
contact your local HRC which will then assess your offer. You wil asked
to declare you can satisfy the requirements of your provincial authority
(eg: ability to pay the salary prescribed). HRC will provide
When HRC has validated your offer, it will be sent to the appropriate
visa office abroad such as the
Canadian High Commission in Singapore. The visa office will issue
an employment authorization (work permit) if the caregiver or nanny is
found to be suitable.
Employers in Quebec are advised to refer to the provincial government booklet entitled "Working as a Live-in Caregiver in Quebec". Sorry, we have not located this document. If you have found it, we would appreciate it if you would kindly send us the URL.
Using the Services of a Hiring Agency
If you are using a hiring agency, be sure to ask questions.
Who pays the airfare?
Our applicants are able and willing to pay the airfare up to Vancouver or Toronto. However, if the final destination is beyond Vancouver or Toronto, the additional sector is on the employer's account.
Is there any hidden cost?
whatsoever. If we do not say, you do not pay.
Does the agency give a refund if the nanny quits?
Yes full refund.
- Does the agency provide a replacement.
Without a doubt, yes.
- Ask for references
to be sure there is no misrepresentation.
- Does the agency provide adequate screening?
We certainly do! We know the expectations of Canadian employers - since 1985.
- Does the agency have the resources to service clients?
Most certainly. We are a full-fledged agency serving employers in Singapore since 1981 and in Canada since 1985. We are open 7 days a week.
- Does the agency have a non-refundable placement fee?
Does the agency check references and does it conduct personal interviews
We know that anything less than
100% genuine will reflect badly on us and we certainly conduct a
personal interview. We can even arrange for a phone interview so that
prospective employer can see if the resume we post on our web pages is
Choose the right nanny
believe from our experience that if a nanny is going to do a more or
less similar job, then if she has served one employer for at least two
years, she ought to be able to make the grade. In fact some applicants
have served more than one employer well and often for a lot longer than
will avoid disputes in
the future. Our form
"Employer Profile/Job Offer"
allows employer to add conditions not covered.
You have responsibility like providing acceptable working conditions, etc.
You should meet the minimum standard prevailing in your province.
Or else someone may poach her, we might add.
Hiring a Caregiver Who Is Already in
If you do not need one to live in. This section is better read in full.
Hospital and Medical Insurance
Check with the provincial authority for this.
It is to your benefit to insure your employee. Contact your local workers' compensation office for details.
Employer's Legal Responsibilities
employer of a live-in caregiver is required by federal law to register
as an employer with Revenue Canada Taxation and is required to make the
proper deducations for income tax, employment insurance and remit these
amounts to the proper federal authority.
Room and Board
The employer usually deducts the cost of room and board (around C$300) but check if your province allows you to
deduct directly for the nanny's salary.
Helping Your Employee Adjust
Our applicants adjust easily. From the Philippines to Singapore, the adjustment may not be so easy. Once they have made this adjustment, further adjustment to life in Canada is a breeze.
Ending an Agreement with an Employee
If the employer wishes to terminate the contract, be sure to give the notice as specified in the contract. Even if notice is not specified, you may be liable under common law or Quebec's civil law.