How (and When) to Find the Right Caregiver for Your Elderly Loved Ones

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When it comes to hiring a caregiver (childcare or elderly care) timing is crucial. Planning ahead will save you a wealth of stress and headaches -- trust us! The current state of the caregiver program is now a lengthier and complex process that requires the expertise of an experienced agency like only Diamond can provide. Our expertise has resulted in a 100% success rate for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) approval, which has become unmanageable for a private family to maneuver on their own.  Government assessments and paperwork  are extensive, meticulously detailed and the Service Canada agents are stricter than ever. With these severe requirements, families...

URGENT INFORMATION FOR CAREGIVERS, December 2014

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URGENT INFORMATION FOR CAREGIVERS Hello Diamond Nannies, The times they are a changing!!! As you know the Canadian Government has ended what was called the “Live in Caregiver Program”.  It has been replaced by the “Canadian Caregiver Program”.  The new program is no longer an immigration program, it is an employment program.  Gone are the days of automatic permanent residence status.  The requirements to work in Canada as a caregiver have not changed. However, the requirements to apply for permanent residency have changed.  You may still be eligible to come to Canada with only 2 years of college (equivalent of 72 units in the...

Gifts for Your Caregiver

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The holidays are fast approaching, and whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas or anything else, this is a great time of year to show a little appreciation to your caregiver. It can be easy to forget that your nanny is actually an employee in your home, not just a very helpful friend or family member. This is your opportunity to show your caregiver some love! When possible, we recommend offering her extra paid time off, a cash bonus or even gifts. Many of our families offer their nanny a ticket home to the Philippines (not to worry --  if that's not in...

Urgent Changes to the Live-In Caregiver Program (renamed the Canadian Caregiver Program), October 31st 2014

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Dear Diamond Employers,

On Friday, Minister Alexander announced changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program.  The government of Canada remains committed to a caregiver program for children, elderly and special needs individuals.

We have summarized the official information we have to date and promise to update you with details as they are posted on the CIC and ESDC websites.  We want to ensure that the information you have is not just speculative but actual new government policy.

  1.  The new program is called Canada Caregiver Program
  2. All LMIA (formerly LMO) applications submitted on or before November 30th will be...

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...