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.
The holidays are a perfect time to show the person that cares for your home and children some appreciation. The big question is always what to buy. Here are a few ideas:
1) Cash – A cash bonus is always useful and most appreciated.
2) Winter Gear – A warm coat , boots and hat is practical gift as many nannies do quite a bit of outdoor walking.
3) Mall Gift Card- Give your nanny the opportunity to splurge on something new.
4) Do you know a restaurant where your nanny likes to eat? If you do you can give her a gift card to her favorite restaurant.
Most importantly, make sure to include a card expressing appreciation for all your nannies hard work and dedication to your family.
The holidays are a special time for families to get together and celebrate. Many nannies are away from their families and the holidays can be bittersweet. It may be an emotional time for your nanny being so far away from the ones she loves. A bit of extra love, care and sensitivity toward your nanny during this time can go a long way!
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
New Years Day – January 1
Family Day – Third Monday in February
Good Friday- Friday before Easter Sunday
Victoria Day – Monday before May 25
Canada Day – July 1
Labour Day – First Monday in September
Thanksgiving Day – Second Monday in October
Christmas Day – December 25
Boxing Day – December 26
*Civic Holiday (Simcoe Day) – First Monday in August – This is an optional holiday. Provincially regulated employers are not required by law to give this day off.
* Easter Monday – Government Employees Only. Only federal employers are required to give the day off.