What is an LMIA?!

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If you are looking to employ a foreign caregiver, you have a lengthy and frustrating process ahead of you. The key to ensuring success is to understand the process, and to have the right information and support. So first, we need to tackle what does LMIA stand for. An LMIA is a Labour Market Impact Assessment application, a process that the Canadian government requires in order to hire a foreign caregiver. The LMIA replaced the previous application known as the Labour Market Opinion or LMO in 2014. This application is an extremely challenging process for families.  The LMIA was created to prove...

Let’s Talk Incentives

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Ever wondered what perks or benefits you can extend to your caregiver? In order to understand our recommendations, it's important to know what your full-time nanny is entitled to: her salary 52 weeks of the year, 2 weeks' paid vacation, the appropriate number of breaks as set out by Labor Standards and overtime pay above 40-44 hours of work/week (varies from province to province). If she is a live-in caregiver under the government sponsorship program, she's also entitled to 5 working days/week (flexibility and additional overtime are acceptable), a fully furnished bedroom with a lock on the door, access to a bathroom and...

Updated Canadian Visa Timelines at the Canadian Embassy in Hong Kong

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When it comes to sponsoring a live-in caregiver from abroad, agencies and families are at the mercy of the government. There are various departments that applications have to go through before a visa is approved: the Canadian Revenue Agency, Job Bank, Service Canada, the Canadian embassy overseas and more (depending on what province your family resides in).  Please remember that any timelines quoted are estimates; we have no conceivable way to influence processing by the government.  The sooner you begin the process to sponsor, the better! Recently, the Canadian embassy has updated their processing times abroad-- specifically Hong Kong, where we source our overseas applicants...

What’s the Current State of the Nannying Industry?

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Trust us -- parents don't want to put up with the hassles of choosing a nanny agency. They'd much rather put an ad on Craigslist and let the first unemployed recent MFA graduate fill the slot, for now anyway. They can always go back and find a proper caregiver later on, of course. At least, that's what they tell themselves. Truth be told, it's important for parents to go through some type of professional service in order to get the highest-quality caliber of nanny available. And if you're a nanny, you're probably wondering when you're finally going to land your dream slot...

Lindsay and Brad W

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So where do I start……. Sheila arrived in Calgary, Alberta on February 4, 2014. The first thing Sheila wanted to do was experience the Canadian climate by taking pictures of the snow. She has the most positive, resilient and heart felt personality. My three boy Austin (6), Mason (4) and Nathan (2) absolutely love her and especially my two year old Nathan. She is always taking the kids to the parks to do outdoor activities and gets the two older boys to school on time. Sheila is the best cook ever she can make homemade dumplings, wontons, stir...