Canada is one of the most sought-after destinations for migrants all around the world. The country offers attractive opportunities for those who plan to live and work here using a work visa.
Moving and working as a nanny in Canada is becoming increasingly popular, and is an excellent life choice for many people. However, there are certain requirements that applicants have to fulfill for the same.
Here’s what you need to know in order to move Canada as a nanny.
- Two Ways to Become a Nanny
The requirements for a foreign nanny working in Canada mainly depend on the program you apply under. While a number of applications might still be processed through the Live-In Caregiver Program, the late-2014 reforms reported by Canada Immigration News have made applying as a temporary foreign worker a viable option.
For Live-in Caregivers (LIC)
A live-in Caregiver is a person (nanny) who offers continuous full time unsupervised care for children, persons with disabilities, or the elderly in a single private household.
Those applicants, who are already part of the Live-in Caregiver Program (LIC), can keep on working as a nanny under this program. They will require a new work permit, but the other requirements as laid out by Citizenship and Immigration Canada remain the same. As per these requirements,
- applicant must have an education equivalent to a Canadian secondary school diploma
- he/she should have a minimum of either of the following: six months of full-time classroom training in care-giving, or a year of work experience as a caregiver or in a related job within the last three years (including at least six months of ongoing work with one employer)
- applicant must be able to speak, read, and understand one of Canada’s official languages (English or French)
- applicant must possess medical, security, and criminal clearances
- applicant must have a signed written employment contract from a Canadian employer
For Temporary Foreign Workers
Candidates need to meet the following requirements if they apply as a temporary foreign worker:
- offer care for a minimum of 30 hours per week
- work in the private household of the cared-for individual(s)
- fulfill the requirements outlined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Live-in caregivers have also need to meet the general requirements for obtaining a work permit, which include speaking and understanding one of Canada’s official languages, having adequate money to support any family members they bring to Canada, no criminal record, and give proof that they will leave Canada when their work permit expires.
Additionally, according to the National Occupation Classification for babysitters, nannies, and parents’ helpers, applicants might need to have some or all of the following qualifications:
- completed secondary school education
- completed a training program in childcare or a associated field
- have experience in childcare/household management
- have an ability to perform the work required
- have first aid certification and undertaken CPR training
Labour Market Impact Assessments
In order to come and work in Canada as a nanny, your employer will need an LMIA to prove that a foreign worker is needed to fill the position as no qualified Canadian worker is available for the same.