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, 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.

Is My Nanny Off on Family Day coming up on Feb 19?


Ontario has nine public holidays:

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. Family Day
  3. Good Friday
  4. Victoria Day
  5. Canada Day
  6. Labour Day
  7. Thanksgiving Day
  8. Christmas Day
  9. Boxing Day (December 26)

Most employees who qualify are entitled to take these days off work and be paid public holiday pay. Click here for more info

How Do I Find the Right Nanny?

How do I find the right nanny for my family?

Its a common question.  What does the right nanny mean to you?

For some it means that the floors will sparkle, for others it means someone who is happy and fantastic with the children. Some may want a nanny who is very organized and others need a nanny who is a wonderful cook. It is important to be realistic that when searching for a nanny. It is unlikely to find someone who is excellent at everything.

Finding the right nanny for your family means defining what is important to you and looking for a nanny with those qualities.

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New Nanny Jitters

Our new nanny is starting tomorrow and while I should be so happy and excited, I feel like a nervous wreck. I have been cleaning and organizing my house for the last week in honor of my new nannies arrival. I am not sure why I am cleaning non stop, isn’t that supposed to be her job?

How do I go about settling our new nanny into a routine? Should she follow a daily schedule or should I let her do her own thing?  Am I the only one that gets the new nanny jitters?


Hi Elizabeth,

It is completely normal to feel anxious about the arrival of your new nanny. Having a new person  in your home and caring for your children is new and can be very overwhelming. It is a change for both you and your family.

Your  cleaning and organizing all week does not make you crazy- it makes you smart. Its a great idea because you want to show your new nanny how you would ideally like your closets and cupboards to look. If you left everything disorganized and messy she may think that you are comfortable with your home looking that way.

After your nanny settles in, you may want to show her around your home. I always like to take some time to sit together with our new nanny and my baby and play all together. I like her to see how I interact with my baby and hope she will learn and do the same.

In regards to cleaning, training and scheduling, I think that depends a lot on your personal style. I know some people that like to go from room to room showing their nanny exactly how they would like everything cleaned, organized and put away. They will specify which cleansers to use and which cloths to clean with. Others are more laid back. They may give general instructions and allow the nanny to learn and figure  things out on her own.

I think a general schedule is always a good idea. You may want to include chores that you would like accomplished daily, weekly and monthly.

Wishing you best of luck with your new nanny tomorrow!