||FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Why should I use a nanny rather than day care? [TOP]
A. For some it's a matter of convenience and for others it's a matter of cost. For some it's a combination of these two reasons.
Having a nanny will free up much of your time, allowing you to spend more time with your children doing activities you want to rather than the many household chores your nanny will take care of for you. There will be no need for you to get the children ready to go to school, and no need to rush home after work in time to be there to pick up your children. When you get home, your meal will be ready for you to sit down and enjoy. Although the children will be your nanny's first priority, when they are napping or in school, she will be taking care of other household duties. Your quality of life will improve greatly.
In most regions of Ontario, the cost of a nanny is comparable to the cost of day care for one child and much less than the cost of day care for two or more children. As many working couples also hire cleaning services for their home, this cost will also be covered by the nanny's salary.
Q. How long will it take to get a nanny or caregiver? [TOP]
A. If you are sponsoring a nanny or caregiver from overseas, it will take 3 or 4 months for her/him to go through the approval and immigration process, sometimes longer depending on the country they are coming from. We deal mostly with Filipino nannies and caregivers that are already working Overseas. The immigration process from Overseas varies from Country to Country and is constantly changing. We will advise you of the processing times to be sure your caregiver will arrive according to your requirements. If you are in urgent need of a nanny or caregiver we can find you one locally sometimes as quickly as the next day.
Q. What is my first step to hiring a Nanny or Caregiver? [TOP]
A. Simply give us a call and we will provide you with profiles of various caregivers that meet your requirements. Once you have made several choices we will arrange interviews over the phone or in person depending on the applicants locations. When you have made your final decision, we will take care of the rest.
Q. Is the nanny's salary tax deductible? [TOP]
A. Yes, the nanny's salary is tax deductible, the same as daycare as stated by CCRA.
Q. What about paying the taxes and WSIB on the nanny's salary? [TOP]
A. We can guide you through the process of getting set up with CCRA and making your payments. If you don't want to do it yourself, we can refer you to a Nanny Tax Specialist that will set everything up for you and make the necessary applications and contributions for you.
Q. Why should I use a caregiver for my elderly parent or parents? [TOP]
A. Most parents when they become elderly desire to live out their years in their own home with dignity. When they become ill or frail it gives you peace of mind that someone is there to watch over them when you can't be there. As well as giving them the happiness of living at home, the cost of a caregiver is much less than placing an elder in a seniors residence.
Q. How long does it take to find an employer? [TOP]
A. There is no definite length of time in finding an employer. There are always available employers looking for a caregiver but our goal is to match their needs and your ability to perform the required duties.
Q. Once I have an employer, how long does it take to get a work permit? [TOP]
A. It usually takes 2 to 3 months to get a work permit.
Q. What salary can I expect? [TOP]
A. We base your salary on market rates at the time of your application.
Q. Do you provide assistance if a problem arises at my workplace? [TOP]
A. We always make our best effort to settle problems between the employer and employee.
Q. What are my main responsibilities/duties as a caregiver? [TOP]
A. For child care, the caregiver's responsibilities may include playing, reading, preparing and serving nutritious meals, bathing, dressing, child supervision, maintaining a child friendly home and housekeeping.
For the elderly duties may involve personal care, companionship, supervision, administering medication, laundry and other light household chores.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us or email us.