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How to Become a Nanny in Canada: Checklist

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Are you in interested in becoming a nanny in Canada but unsure where to start?

Start HERE. And save yourself time, effort, and frustration.

Ask yourself the following series of questions:

1. Do I have childcare experience?

If yes, you may be qualified to become a nanny in Canada. Proceed to the next question.

If no, you are unlikely to qualify to become a nanny in Canada. There is nothing we can do for you.

2. Do I like children?

If yesproceed to the next question.

If your answer is anything other than yes, we recommend that you seriously consider whether you want to commit to potentially working full-time with children for up to two years.

Now, onto a more practical question:

3. Do I have an employer in Canada who is interested in sponsoring me?

If yes, your employer can hire us to do their Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) paperwork for them.

This is the first step in the process of becoming a nanny in Canada, as mandated by the Canadian government under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

It is effectively illegal to become a nanny in Canada by any other means.

Please have your employer email us at [email protected] or give us a call at the toll free number 1 (800) 820 8308, and we will help them get started with the LMIA paperwork.

If you are not in contact with an employer in Canada who is interested in sponsoring and then hiring you, your only option is to find an employer yourself using social media and other outlets, such as:

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Once you’ve found an employer, then, and only then, can we assist them with the LMIA paperwork and thereafter, you with your work permit.

The following are some other Frequently Asked Questions from other prospective nannies, like yourself:

Can I apply for my relative to become a nanny in Canada on her behalf?

No. To become a nanny in Canada, you need to do so on your own behalf. This includes every step from finding an employer to applying for your work permit, and then your open work permit after your tenure under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is complete.

Can I become a nanny in Canada if I’m already in the country?

This depends on your status in Canada.

If you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are a permanent resident
  • have an open work permit

You can become a nanny right away.

On the other hand, if you:

  • have another type of visa (such as a student or tourist visa)

While you would be able to work as a casual babysitter if you found the right family, you would not be legally allowed to become a full-time nanny. The only way to become a nanny in Canada if you are a foreign national is to do so under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

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How do I apply for permanent residency?

How do I sponsor my family to immigrate to Canada from our home country?

For all immigration-related inquiries, please contact our partner agency, Apex Immigration.

There’s no denying it: the process of becoming a nanny in Canada is not a walk in the park.

It can take anywhere from 6-9 months, there is extensive paperwork involved, not to mention a high level of cooperation and patience.

That said, thousands of nannies come to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program every year.

If they can do it, so can you 🙂 

Feel free to share this post with your friends, acquaintances, and/or anyone you know who is thinking about becoming a nanny in Canada!

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