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How much does a nanny cost in Canada?

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Hiring a nanny can be a game-changer, especially for busy parents who need a professional touch in taking care of their young ones. However, understanding the associated costs can be challenging. Between up-front costs of hiring and the recurring costs of wages and activities, navigating the financial side of hiring a nanny can be overwhelming, even more so for first time parents. In general, nanny rates depend on the number of children you have and the duties required by the nanny. These duties can include preparing meals, taking the kids to school, doing laundry, etc. Nannies can also provide nighttime or newborn care if that is what you're searching for. But not to fear! In this article, we’ll dive into the details around different factors that impact the costs to hiring and what you can expect throughout the hiring stages.
So how much does a nanny cost? From our research, on average they charge $18.00 an hour in Canada.

Nanny rates in Canada

Lowest costAverage costHighest cost
Hour$16.50$18.00$22.00
* Rate information as of June 14, 2024
Hannah P
Hannah P
I'm Hannah, a university student looking for summer work as a nanny in Southern Alberta. I have experience babysitting and hope to provide caring, reliable care to one or more children. I have my full driver's license and five years' experience driving.
16.50/hour
Angelyn R
Angelyn R
Hello! My name is Angelyn, and I am a dedicated nanny looking for a loving family to help with their childcare needs. I have over 6 years of experience working with children, including a background in primary school teaching. If you are based in Brampton, Ontario and in need of a reliable and caring nanny, look no further! I am available for live-out (Tue/Wed/Fri) 9:30 AM-2PM, part-time, and summer-only positions, and I can also assist with light housekeeping and pet care. My rate is $18.0 hourly, and I am committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for your little ones. Whether it's playing, helping with homework, or preparing meals, I always prioritize the well-being of the children under my care. If you're in search of a trustworthy nanny who will treat your children with love and respect, please feel free to message me to discuss how I can be of assistance to your family. I am excited to meet a new family and create a positive and fulfilling experience for everyone!
18.00/hour
Shannon B
Shannon B
Nice to meet you! My name is Shannon. Application: I am an experienced nanny who can't wait to help your family! Location: I am located just South of Ottawa. I have my own reliable transportation. My skills: I am incredibly comfortable with live out care provision, pet care, and tidying duties after the children. Starting availability: ASAP. The ideal position- 30-40 hours per week. Travel to- Findley Creek, Greely, Kemptville, Manotick, Embrun, Winchester or Ottawa South. A family who is looking to add another loving member to their team. I enjoy music, sports, cooking, travelling and learning new things. I am a huge volunteer in my community and i love it. I have over two decades of Childcare/Education experience. I am a non smoker and have training with many different behaviors. CPR and police check and currently working on French courses. Please contact me if you think we would be a great match.
22.00/hour

Factors That Impact Your Nanny's Rate

Firstly, let's start by talking about the things that directly impact the hourly rate set by a nanny. Understanding how much you'll be paying a nanny largely depends on several key factors.

Location

Where you live plays an enormous role in how much a nanny will cost and is one of the largest factors. If you're residing in high cost of living areas like New York City, or Los Angeles, be ready to budget a bit more than if you lived in a smaller, less expensive city or town.

Experience

Nannies with more years of experience or relevant education backing them tend to command higher rates. A seasoned nanny will likely charge a higher wage because of their experience and childcare skills.

Number of Children

This is often one of the first things a nanny will ask in the interview process, and rightly so. The more kids you need care for, the more work it is for the nanny and the higher they'll charge. Every nanny has their own way of factoring this in, so it's not quite as simple as taking the hourly wage and multiplying it by the number of children you have.

Duties and Responsibilities

Many families that choose to hire nannies oftentimes need help in areas other than childcare. Responsibilities like light housekeeping and cooking are pretty common from our experience. That being said, additional responsibilities typically lead to additional costs.

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Factors That Impact Your Costs

Aside from the nanny's hourly rate, other factors will impact your overall costs. We've categorized these as costs that come with hiring a nanny but aren't a huge part of how they set their hourly rate.

Hours and Schedule

Just like with a traditional office job, the hours worked per week is the biggest part of overall pay. But unlike a traditional nine-to-five, nanny schedules can vary from week to week depending on the needs of the family. We recommend both you and your nanny track worked hours to keep things humming smoothly.

Daily Activities

If you'd like your nanny to take the kids on outings, to lessons or clubs, remember to factor in these extra costs. Entry fees and transport costs can add up!

Taxes

As an employer, you'll be required to pay employment taxes. Be sure to consult with a tax professional to understand all the obligations. Need some more help? We've partnered with Canada's leading domestic payroll provider, HeartPayroll, to provide a seamless transition between finding, hiring, and paying your nanny.

Benefits, Perks, and Bonuses

Providing your nanny with vacation days, health insurance, allowances, and other benefits may increase your total costs. These additions also help keep your job competitive in cities with higher nanny demand. However, some of these things, like additional vacation days, may be able to be offered in exchange for a lower hourly rate.

Other Costs You Might Not Have Thought Of

There are a few sometimes overlooked costs that come with hiring a nanny.

Background Check

Ensuring the safety of your child is paramount. A thorough background check is advisable for any potential nanny, although it comes with a cost.

Finding a Nanny

Using a nanny agency or an online service can save you time, but will also be an added expense. Nonetheless, the peace of mind you get knowing you've hired a qualified professional may be worth it.

Certifications

Many families may choose to require their nanny to obtain certain certifications as part of the interview process which are typically reimbursed by the family upon hiring. These include certifications such as CPR and First Aid, Water-safety and age-specific courses (like Newborn Care).

Now that you have detailed insights into the costs associated with hiring a nanny, you're better equipped to make an informed decision. Be sure to maintain open and honest communication with potential nannies about compensation and expectations around duties and responsibilities. Remember, while it's necessary to manage your finances responsibly, the safety, happiness, and well-being of your children is the foremost priority!