Useful Information for Families looking to hire a Nanny / Caregiver.

On April 1, 2011, Service Canada has introduced new rules and regulations under the 'Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). In order to keep you up to date with the relevant changes that may concern your employment of a foreign caregiver, please note the following:

  • Any contract / work permit extension required to continue the employment of your present caregiver for another year (or more) must be processed 6 months ahead of the date of expiry of the present work permit. The procedures with Service Canada and Immigration Canada will take approx. 6 months to complete.
    Note: If the caregiver has already applied for a permanent residence status, asking Immigration Canada to provide an 'Open visa', there is no need to apply for a new work permit as long as the caregiver will continue working for the same employer.
  • The federal government have already announced the new median wage rate that applies for the new 'In home caregiver program' in B.C. as $12.00 gross per hour. Under the new regulations, the room & board deduction is no longer allowed.
  • Whether you hire a nanny, a senior companion or caregiver, on a full-time, part-time, or casual basis to work in your home, you need to register for WorkSafeBC. If a domestic worker is injured in your home while on the job, WorkSafeBC pays for the worker's entire medical and wage-loss costs. You can register with WCB by downloading the Employer's registration Application. You may also contact the Employer Service Centre at 1 888 922-2768 or 604 244-6181 to request an application form, then fax your application to 604 244-6490 or mail it to WorkSafeBC, PO Box 5350 Stn Terminal, Vancouver, BC V6B 5L5.

  • Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)Telephone numbers for Tax Information, Individual income tax enquiries, Income tax refund, Universal Child Care Benefit, Canada Child Tax Benefit and GST/HST credit.
    Employers are required to make the appropriate deductions from wages for income tax, Employment Insurance, and Canada Pension Plan, and submit to Canada Revenue Agency. Domestic workers are entitled to a T4 slip by the end of February setting out their earnings in the previous year.

  • Canada Child Tax Benefit and Universal Child Care Benefit

  • All B.C. residents should register with MSP (Medical Service Plan):
    Application for Enrolment with MSP.
    Medical Services Plan (MSP) Forms.

  • All about Social Insurance Number - SIN (nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits), including details of how to apply for a SIN number.

  • An employer must complete the Record of Employment (ROE) form whenever there is an interruption of earnings. Generally, ROE must be issued within five (5) calendar days of the interruption of earnings or the date the employer becomes aware of the interruption.
    Record of Employment on the Web (ROE Web) - More Information (i.e. phone numbers, Service Canada Center, etc.).


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    Update for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)

    Employers cannot under any circumstance require a caregiver (either lower-skilled or higher-skilled) to live in their home.
    However, if an employer and foreign caregiver decide that a live-in arrangement is the most suitablem for the needs of the person requiring care or to assist the TFW, there are certain criteria that must be met.

    Specifically, employers must ensure the:

    Accommodation is being provided in the home of the person receiving care;

    Accommodation is private and furnished bedroom;

    Bedroom door has a lock and safety bolt on the inside;

    Bedroom meets the municipal building requirements and the provincial/territorial health standards;

    Foreign caregiver is NOT charged room and board for the accommodations, as per regulations, under the TFWP.


    Employers of lower-skilled in-home caregivers, who are not providing live-in accommodations, must ensure that suitable and affordable accommodation is available to the TFW. In addition, these employers should be prepared to provide proof (e.g. newspaper ads) that affordable housing is available in the community where the TFW will be employed.

    Employers of lower-skilled in-home caregivers, who are not providing live-in accommodations, must ensure that suitable and affordable accommodation is available to the TFW. In addition, these employers should be prepared to provide proof (e.g. newspaper ads) that affordable housing is available in the community where the TFW will be employed.