Nannies are in a great demand in a country like Canada where most of the families have both the parents working.
Conditions to be met by the Nanny
Someone who is to be hired as a nanny or a caregiver must meet the following conditions:
• She should provide a care for at least 30 hours in a week to the children who are below 18 years of age.
• She can also provide care to people who are more than 65 years of age, or someone with disability.
• She has to live and perform her duty even without any supervision in the house where she is supposed to provide care.
• She has to fulfill the requirements suggested by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
Conditions to be ensured by the employers
• While an employer hires a nanny he must ensure that the person is able to read, speak and understand either of the two official languages of Canada that is English or French. Caregivers should be fluent in any of the two languages and should be able to speak well.
• Employers must ensure that a nanny has completed her high school education which should be equivalent to Canadian standard. And a nanny should also have completed a fulltime training of 6 months or must have worked as a full time caregiver for a minimum of one year within the last 3 years. Within this period of 1 year, the nanny should have worked for the same employer for at least 6 months for the same employer.
• A nanny is allowed to work for a maximum of two official employers. One application will serve the purpose but both the employers have to meet the conditions for hiring a nanny.
Requirements to be met by the Employers
An employer has to procure a Business number while hiring a nanny.
This is issued by Canada Revenue Agency. This enables an employer to advertise the vacancy on national job website and on other sources. With the help of Business Number, an employer can decide upon the wages given to a nanny and can also deduct a part of the same according to the law of the country.
Working conditions for the Care giver
A care giver cannot work for more than one employer at a time. The only exception is when a care giver is paid and hired by two individuals who are family members and have hired the person to look after one child or elderly member or a disabled member of the family.
Nanny is a big requirement in families where both the parents are working, or they have been divorced or there are a disabled member or even if there is a senior person who is more than 65 years of age. But to get a job the nannies have to undergo certain requirements and even the employers should also meet a series of requirements. If they fail to do so the hiring would not be possible lawfully.