Nannies and Nanny-Shares

Many parents hire nannies to take care of their children rather than putting them into childcare centres. There are a few different options:

  • Hiring a Live-In Caregiver: Under the Canadian government’s live-in caregiver program you can apply to sponsor a nanny abroad. Once hired, your caregiver will be given a work permit and will live in your home to provide childcare to you and your family. For more information on the process, please visit the government's website here.

  • Hiring a Live-out Caregiver: as an employer, you can post the role online and interview candidates to hire a live-out nanny who is already settled in Canada and legally able to work.

  • Nanny-share: the same as a live-out caregiver, but the caregiver would be taking care of children from more than one family. Families find one another on forums, through neighbourhoods, and on social media, and typically take turns “hosting” the caregiver and the children each week and providing meals.


As an employer of a caregiver, you will be responsible for recruitment, setting up an employment contract, payroll deductions, and ensuring that you are abiding by the Employment Standards Act.


For payroll information, click here.  For information on employee rights and your obligations as an employer, please review Ontario’s Employment Standards act here.


The price of a nanny will vary and is negotiable. You would typically pay more if you require any additional work such as housework. Keep in mind that minimum wage in Ontario as of August 2020 is $14, and make sure you check for updates before you hire anyone.


For help finding a nanny:

Canadian Nanny 

Nanny Services